Excerpt from “Ahead of Supreme Court fight, Trump travel ban opponents reflect on past anti-Asian policies” by Heidi Chang on nbcnews.com:
Trump’s travel ban has inspired the coram nobis legal teams who represented Korematsu, Hirabayahi, and Yasui to reunite for the first time since 1983.
“We were upset about the travel ban because it echoes what happened in the Korematsu case,” said Don Tamaki, who was on the Korematsu legal team, noting that the federal government declined to release a Department of Homeland Security report in lower court proceedings.
Tamaki and his group have launched an educational campaign called “Stop Repeating History” to help provide a better understanding of what happened in the past, and what’s going on now, to ensure that those in power do not abuse civil rights.
The campaign has hosted speeches, panels, and screenings of the film “And Then They Came for Us” featuring actor George Takei across the U.S.
Dale Minami, who was the lead attorney in the Korematsu case, has also been speaking at events around the country and has written commentaries for various newspapers.
Minami feels it’s important for everyone to understand what’s at stake here.
“You’ve got to be aware, you’ve got to be ‘woke,’ as they say,” he said. “Because if you’re not, the actions of this administration, undercutting the political system, disrespecting the press, disrespecting minority groups, all these things are essentially undercutting the foundations of a democracy.”
The children of the three Japanese-American incarceration resisters — Karen Korematsu, Jay Hirabayashi and Holly Yasui — are also part of the Stop Repeating History campaign. They have filed another amicus brief to challenge the travel ban. The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality filed the brief in partnership with the coram nobis teams. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP provided pro bono counsel.