On the anniversary of the widely-condemned Korematsu Supreme Court decision that led to the incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) announced that they will introduce the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act of 2017 to prevent similar civil and human rights travesties from happening on U.S. soil ever again.
Their legislation is named in honor of the late U.S. Congressman Mark Takai from Hawai’i for his long-time leadership on this issue prior to his passing.
With President Trump’s continued efforts to restrict minority and immigrant civil and human rights, the bill would help our nation stop repeating history by ensuring that no individual is imprisoned or detained based upon a protected characteristic such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. U.S. Congressman Mark Takano introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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