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Trump supporter cites internment camps as precedent for Muslim registry on Fox News

12:56 pm - 11/17/2016
One day after an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said the administration is considering a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries, a former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter cited Japanese interment camps as precedent for the action.

Carl Higbie, the author of “Enemies, Foreign & Domestic: A SEAL’s Story,” told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that the United States has taken similar actions in the past when discussing a possible Muslim registry.

“It is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese. Call it what you will, maybe wrong,” Higbie said.

Kelly fired back. “You’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope.”

“I’m not proposing that at all, but what I am saying is we need to protect America first,” Higbie said. “There is precedent for it and I’m not saying I agree with it.”

“You can’t be citing Japanese interment camps as precedent for anything the President-elect is going to do,” Kelly said.

“Look, the president needs to protect America first and if that means having people that are not protected under our constitution have some sort of registry ... until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it,” Higbie said.

“You get the protections once you come here,” Kelly said before wrapping up the segment.

Kris Kobach, who has been mentioned a possible attorney general in the Trump administration, said Tuesday that the registry could be part of the “extreme vetting” Trump proposed during the campaign.

Trump has said he wants to stop immigration from certain parts of the world. According to his campaign website, he wants to “suspend the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur.” His immigration proposals, as listed on his website, do not include a registry, though they do call for “a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system.”

In 1942, just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, about 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their West Coast homes and move to one of 10 internment camps set up throughout the country. Most remained in the camps throughout most of World War II. In 1988, Congress gave each survivor $20,000 as restitution.

calinewarkwc69 17th-Nov-2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Let me tell you, I posted about this on Facebook, here are some real life replies:

What exactly does registration entail? I'm an immigrant in Switzerland and we are all registered upon entering. I'm wondering how this would compare.

Most countries around the world do this. Countries have to know who's coming and going and what their doing when in country. If you've ever bought an international plane ticket your in a DB somewhere.

We were registering immigrants entering this country a long time ago. Ellis island. People would show up on ships and we would inspect and register everyone of them, My grandfather was part of this. Nobody complained about this, it was part of coming to America in a LEGAL fashion. What is wrong with knowing who is coming an going in a country. You expect the government to keep you save yet you do not allow them to track who comes and goes?

Isn't the NSA tracking all of us all the time in pretty much everything we do?

It's like people are going OUT OF THEIR WAY to be extremely obtuse and not understand that this is being done by Trump out of prejudice and xenophobia and wants to use it to restrict people's rights and harass them.
aotearoagal 17th-Nov-2016 08:26 pm (UTC)
I've travelled extensively for the past decade and can't recall being asked my religion as I go from place to place.
scriptedending 17th-Nov-2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
When Megyn Kelly is the voice of reason, there's a fucking problem.
lightframes 17th-Nov-2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
We're going to end up relying on her a lot, aren't we
mimblexwimble 17th-Nov-2016 06:29 pm (UTC)
Anyone remember NSEERS/know people who registered? We moved out of the US at the end of 2001, otherwise my dad would have had to register. The fact that the Obama administration only de-listed the countries, instead of shutting down the whole program, makes it SO EASY to resurrect.
aotearoagal 17th-Nov-2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
having people that are not protected under our constitution

I thought all Americans are protected, regardless of their religion?

What next? Armbands and tattoos? How can they not see the line they are attempting to jump over. It's sick.
brennans 17th-Nov-2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
little sown on patches to clothing to indicate if their muslim or not?
shanrina 17th-Nov-2016 10:01 pm (UTC)
This is nauseating.
lightframes 17th-Nov-2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
“It is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the ACLU is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass. We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese. Call it what you will, maybe wrong,”

Where do I start

Who is this "they" that says it will be constitutional

Korematsu was a stupid decision

If it's wrong then why are you doing it

I could go on
moonshaz 19th-Nov-2016 01:09 am (UTC)
Who is this "they" that says it will be constitutional

Probably the same "many people" that Trump was always quoting during the campaign. (As in "Many people are saying [fill in the blank with the b.s. du jour]")
honorh 17th-Nov-2016 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, okay, when you're citing one of the worst episodes in US history as your "precedent," whatever you're proposing is bad, you're a bad person, and you should feel bad for suggesting it.
roseemrys 18th-Nov-2016 12:34 am (UTC)
I can't believe that so many people are wanting to repeat the past again like this. Because the Holocaust and the Japanese internment camps are a horrible stain on our past and the ideas that started these events should not be so prevalent now.
invisiblegirlx 18th-Nov-2016 05:16 am (UTC)
This is horrifying. I am very worried for everyone at risk from a Trump Presidency.
prlsb4swiine 18th-Nov-2016 07:41 am (UTC)
Honestly this was my worst fear, seeing my kids and my parents rounded up into camps. Now that it might actually happen I just feel numb
moonshaz 19th-Nov-2016 01:14 am (UTC)
George Takei ripped this dude a new one on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”:

George Takei Blasts Muslim Registry As ‘Prelude To Internment’
lightframes 19th-Nov-2016 02:16 am (UTC)
Trump's administration doesn't understand he doesn't get to replace the entire Supreme Court at once.

He's going to replace Scalia with another Scalia-type. The composition of that court still means this registry would be challenged and 99% percent likely found unconstitutional.

Nothing's really going to change until other justices pass away/retire.
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