Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Monday in contrast congressional Republicans’ acceptance of President Trump’s govt order proscribing immigration from seven Muslim-majority international locations to lawmakers who did not struggle towards the Japanese internment camps throughout World Struggle II.
The historical past of the U.S. authorities forcing Japanese People to dwell in camps after the assault on Pearl Harbor is private for Takano: His dad and mom and grandparents have been among the many folks in these camps.
“Historical past usually forces us to ask ourselves: How would we’ve got acted if we lived in that second?” Takano mused in a fiery Home flooring speech. “By way of the president’s latest govt order, we now not must marvel.”
“The way you react to the Muslim ban in the present day is how you’ll have reacted to the imprisonment of my grandparents and fogeys 75 years in the past. If you’re silent in the present day, you’ll have been silent then. If you’re complicit in the present day, you’ll have been complicit then.”
Trump, every week into his presidency, issued an govt order quickly barring U.S. entry for residents from seven Muslim-majority international locations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The order additionally indefinitely halts all Syrian refugee resettlement within the U.S. and quickly suspends all refugees.
Protests erupted at airports nationwide over the weekend amid confusion as as to if the ban utilized to inexperienced card holders from the international locations named within the govt order. Refugees, inexperienced card holders and different guests have been detained upon their arrival at U.S. airports beginning on Friday night after Trump signed the order.
The Division of Homeland Safety later clarified on Sunday that permitting entry of lawful everlasting residents was “within the nationwide curiosity.” And a decide issued a keep on a part of the order, ruling that beforehand accepted refugees and visa holders who have been in transit couldn’t be despatched again to their international locations of origin.
Dozens of Home and Senate Republicans have both come out in opposition to the chief order or expressed considerations.
Democrats in each chambers have launched laws to overturn the chief order, however GOP leaders have not expressed curiosity in contemplating it.