2.21.2007

The U.S. also put 2,300 Japanese Latino Americans in Concentration Camps

The shame of interning Japanese Americans during WWII is well known. However, the Washington Post reports that U.S. government also extracted 2,300 Latino Americans of Japanese descent from their homes in Peru and 12 other Latin American countries and forcibly transported them to the Crystal City, California concentration camp during WWII.

Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, and Dan Lungren, a Republican, are members of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, have now introduced H.R. 662, the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent Act, a review the government's shameful actions and recommend appropriate remedies to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

It's disturbing that 1) the U.S. is guilty of such outrageous behavior, and 2) that nothing has ever been done about it until now.