U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon delivered a floor speech on August 1, 2018:
“I’ve come down here to the Senate floor to say one thing as clearly as I possibly can to every colleague. If you are part of the plan to bring an internment camp strategy to the floor of the Senate, I will fight that plan with everything I have.
“It is an evil and dark place for this country to go. We know that from our history. We know that history has said it was a failure of political leadership to have allowed it to happen in World War II.
“And I will do everything I can to make sure that we do not have another failure of political leadership that allows the envision of internment camps embedded in the president’s executive order to occur here in the United States of America.”