Published On: Thu, Feb 9th, 2017

Hawaii Sen Mazie Hirono compares Trump’s immigration Executive Oder to slavery, Japanese internment

Hawaii Mazie Hirono Senator appeared on MSNBC to discuss the Democratic Party’s decision to obstruct votes on Trump’s cabinet nominees, but offered her take on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, border security and a stay on travel from select Islamic nations.

Hirono used the Democratic, leftist talking points to call it a “Muslim ban,” which it is NOT, and then compares it to slavery and Japanese internment.

“[E]very day that goes by, we’re not even into week two of the Trump presidency, and already he has issued an executive order that has raised concerns all over the world, including, of course, our own country, and that is his executive order on immigration that targets Muslims. And every time we go down that path to target a minority group, history proves us to be very, very wrong. So it happened with American Indians, slavery, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, with the Japanese internment.”

No surprise that Hirono voted along party lines, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and the other Trump cabinet selections, plus she was one of many Democrats who sat on the House floor following the Orlando massacre protesting the Republican Party’s refusal to compromise due process rights for Americans placed on arbitrary FBI watch lists.

She never made a statement on Omar Mateen’s Islamic State ties and decision to murder homosexuals.

Hirono is not the first Democrat to compare Trump’s executive order to the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Rep. Mark Takano (D., Calif.) made the comparison on Monday while speaking on the House floor..

The history of the U.S. government forcing Japanese Americans to live in camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor is personal for Takano: His parents and grandparents were among the people in those camps.

“History often forces us to ask ourselves: How would we have acted if we lived in that moment?” Takano mused in a fiery House floor speech. “Through the president’s recent executive order, we no longer have to wonder.”

“How you react to the Muslim ban today is how you would have reacted to the imprisonment of my grandparents and parents 75 years ago. If you are silent today, you would have been silent then. If you are complicit today, you would have been complicit then.”

Trump, a week into his presidency, issued an executive order temporarily barring U.S. entry for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The order also indefinitely halts all Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S. and temporarily suspends all refugees.

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  1. Howard Fields says:

    Thank you for bringing the internment issue to your readers’ attention. You also may be interested in another part of the internment story, one that began two months earlier than the signing of 9066, before the smoke cleared over Pearl Harbor. Japanese businessmen, Buddhist ministers and others considered community leaders or men with influence were rounded up within hours of the attack and spent the entire war and three months beyond in
    men-only internment camps, moved six times during their imprisonment.
    I chronicled the experience of these overlooked internment prisoners in “First Taken, Last Released: Overlooked WWII Internment.”
    Thank you again,
    Howard Fields, StraightRecordBooks.com.

  2. A.D. Jacobs says:

    WE were Americans legally!
    After three quarters of a century some deep dark secrets remain regarding the treatment of German-Americans. Within a month after the war broke out almost 1,000,000 permanent resident aliens were declared as “Alien Enemies;” 300,000 were German-American permanent residents. The “Enemy Aliens” were fingerprinted, were mug shot like criminals; they were prohibited from flying, from leaving their neighborhood, and were not allowed to possess cameras, rifles, shotguns, and small arms. This is not liberty!
    Some 30,000 German-American Alien Enemies were arrested and interned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Justice Department. During and after arrests the Constitutional Rights of arrested Enemy Aliens were violated, they were denied these rights: “to be confronted with witnesses against them;” “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation…;” “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…;” “no person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself….” In addition, at their hearing they were not allowed to have an attorney present. This is not liberty!
    On December 8, 1941 the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Empire of Japan, German-American breadwinners, and in several cases, both spouses (orphaning minor children and infants) were arrested by the FBI at their homes and work. Subsequently, they were interned by the INS. Internment camps and detentions centers, including Homes of the Good Shepherd, were used to detain those arrested from Ellis Island, New York Harbor to the Tuna Canyon Detention Camp in Tujunga, California. In many cases those arrested were citizens of the United States. Some remained incarcerated for more than three years after the war had ended. This is not liberty!
    Subsequently, thousands of German-Americans were deported, repatriated, expatriated and exchanged with our enemy, Germany. American born children and infants of German heritage were expatriated and sent into a Germany under siege, and with their parents traded for Americans caught behind enemy lines and for wounded members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    An unknown number of German-Americans were denaturalized by the courts, one high ranking official of the Justice Department referred to the judges of the day, as lap-dog judges. The actions taken by United States Government agencies, like the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the FBI, and the courts, resulted in the destruction of many German-American families, as well as the loss of personal property. Thousands of German-Americans were incarcerated in the same camps as their Japanese-American counterparts. The Government of the United States enacted 11 Public Laws as redress for the Japanese-American victims, while not one such law was enacted on behalf of the German-American victims. This is not liberty!
    Interned German-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Japanese-Americans, were of the ethnicity of our World War II enemies: Germany, Italy and Japan. Most conclude, as did Congress and the President of the United States, that the internment of the Japanese-Americans was the result of “racial prejudice, wartime hysteria and a lack of political leadership.” Even though this statement is false, historians and the news media began using the race card as a means for selling their stories until the internment of Japanese-Americans became an industry; it became easy to sell their stories.
    The injustice which befell the German-Americans can be best described by the following: In the Crystal City, Texas family internment camp there was 218 births; 148 were Japanese-Americans and 70 were German-Americans. The 148 Japanese-Americans born in the camp received an apology and $20,000 under Public Law 100-383, The Civil Liberties Act of 1988, while the 70 German-Americans born in the same camp received NOTHING, in other words they were excluded from the law. In America this is not justice!

  3. Archie Jacobs says:

    No comparison to German American and Italian American internment. Why? “They” fear it will end up destroying the

  4. Anonymous says:

    We were German Americans who were here legally, and we were Americans who were interned during WWII!

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