In Travel Ban Ruling, High Court Repudiates Notorious Japanese Internment Case

Source: NPR
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In the sharply divided decision over President Trump’s travel ban, the Supreme Court repudiated a notorious case from the last century: one that justified the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed to what she called “stark parallels” between the 1944 Korematsu decision and Tuesday’s ruling, which upheld Trump administration restrictions on would-be visitors from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.

In both cases, “the Government invoked an ill-defined national-security threat to justify an exclusionary policy of sweeping proportion,” Sotomayor wrote in a dissent joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “As here, the exclusion order was rooted in dangerous stereotypes about … a particular group’s supposed inability to assimilate and desire to harm the United States.”

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