February 19, 2017

Castro Statement on 75th Anniversary of Executive Order Authorizing the Internment of Japanese Americans During WWII

San Antonio, TX – Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and founding co-chair of the U.S.-Japan Caucus, issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II:
“The internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a dark moment in our nation’s history – one we must never repeat. On this anniversary, we recognize the important work of civil rights advocate Fred Korematsu, and remember that it is never acceptable to discriminate against individuals based on their race, religion, or national origin. The United States is a nation of immigrants that is stronger for its diversity.
“I am pleased that today, our nation enjoys a strong, forward-looking partnership with our friend Japan. Working together, we can make the world a more peaceful, secure, and just place.”