Since the election, members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, such as Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, have discussed reinstating a registry for immigrants from countries with active terrorist groups.
Some proponents have cited the registry for Japanese-Americans during World War II as a precedent for targeted, profiling registries. These registries were a tool in removing Japanese-Americans from “designated military areas” and forcing them into internment camps or deporting them.
As a member of the 30th Congressional District Asian Advisory Committee, I asked Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson for support in requesting that Texas honor the late Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who refused to report to an internment camp.
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