Trump surrogate cites Japanese internment camps as 'precedent' for proposed Muslim registry

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 17, 2016, 06.34 AM(IST)

Manzanarn served as an internment camp for 10,000 Japanese-American citizens and Japanese aliens during World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many citizens never regained their lost property which was sold or given away. A half-century late Photograph:( Getty )

On Wednesday night, Trump surrogate Carl Higbie told Fox's Megyn Kelly that the creation of a Muslim registry in America created by a Trump administration has an established precedent: World War II Japanese internment camps. 


During World War II, Americans, and for that matter Canadians, with Japanese ancestry were forced into relocation and incarceration. In America alone, about 110,000-120,000 Japanese lived in such camps.

Republican President Ronald Reagan issued an official apology to Japanese-Americans in the Civil Liberties act of 1988, which also paid out $20,000 to every surviving detainee, for a total cost of $1.2 billion.

Concerned Americans are gathering evidence of what the era of internment camps looked like.