All posts by Keith Kamisugi

Rep. Chu, Sen. Coons Lead Bicameral Push to Repeal Muslim Ban, Prevent Future Discriminatory Bans

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced companion bills in the Senate and House to repeal the President’s existing executive order blocking travel from majority Muslim countries and prevent another baseless, discriminatory travel ban from happening again. The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act repeals the three versions of President Trump’s ...

Japanese Americans File Amicus Brief Asking Court to Reject Proposed Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, breaks down what’s wrong with adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census… all in the time it takes for Ike Barinholtz to ride an elevator. On April 23, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case that will decide whether the administration can add ...

‘Formerly Incarcerated Japanese Americans Organize a Protest Against Family Separation at the Border’

The Crystal Lake Pilgrimage will be taking place on the morning of March 30. The former incarcerees will tour the site and a Buddhist priest from San Francisco and a Catholic nun from San Antonio will offer blessings to those who died there. Then, the group will join hundreds of others for a protest at the detention ...

Truthdig: ‘The 1942 Internment of Japanese-Americans Holds Lessons for Today’

With detention camps along the U.S. southern border and the president’s revised Muslim ban upheld by the Supreme Court, Karen Korematsu thinks it’s important for people to know the history of 120,000 Japanese-Americans, two thirds of them native-born citizens, who were incarcerated during World War II without due process. Korematsu, director of the Fred Korematsu Foundation, a ...

UNLV Law School Presentation of “And Then They Came for Us”: The Rule of Law and Executive Power 75 Years After Korematsu

William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, along with the school’s American Constitution Society Student Chapter and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association presented “And Then They Came for Us”: The Rule of Law and Executive Power 75 Years After Korematsu on March 26, 2019, at the Thomas and Mack Moot ...

Min Yasui Day is March 28

The Oregon Legislature designated March 28 of each year as Minoru Yasui Day. Join ACLU of Oregon members and other community partners to honor and celebrate civil rights champion Minoru Yasui. “Min” was most well-known for his courageous stand against military orders that resulted in the forced removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 persons of ...

Upcoming Screenings: ‘And Then They Came for Us’

Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, as well as newly rediscovered photographs of Dorothea Lange, Abby Ginzberg’s And Then They Came for Us brings history into the present, retelling the difficult story of the incarceration and following Japanese American activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban. Queens World Film ...

‘Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and the Second Monster’

“Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and the Second Monster” by Eric L. Muller of the University of North Carolina School of Law is an article in an upcoming edition of the Texas Law Review. Abstract: In June of 2018 the Supreme Court repudiated its notorious 1944 decision in Korematsu v. United States upholding the mass removal of Japanese Americans ...