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Arizona Immigration Bill like Japanese Internment

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by Weiner

Most everyone with good sense has already trashed this bill, including Wiz on this site. Heck, even John McCain’s own daughter Meghan is defying her daddy in opposing it. I don’t have much to add, but as a historian, I just want to echo former Arizona Senate majority leader and opponent of the bill Alfredo Gutierrez, who said, “This is the most oppressive piece of legislation since the Japanese internment camp act.”

Japanese internment was completely wrong. It was racist,  immoral and unconstitutional. It cannot be justified, but at least can be partially explained in the context of World War II. In 2010, America is at war, but not with Mexico (at least not officially). Not only is there no justification for the Arizona immigration bill, but there is no plausible explanation other than sheer prejudice.

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Written by David Weinfeld

April 27, 2010 at 09:03

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  1. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Poker Face

    April 27, 2010 at 09:31

  2. Light bulb!

    marcys

    April 27, 2010 at 11:32

  3. The analogy is inaccurate and totally wrong. During WWII the Japanese were in the U.S. legally and some were American citizens. Interning citizens was totally wrong. In contrast, the undocumented immigrants are Illegally here. Deporting them is quite less stringent than interning them.

    The analogy is Liberal stupidity.

    Joel Seversen

    July 29, 2010 at 21:49


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