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Debate Over Paying Reparations to Japanese-American Internees

April 30, 1988

The Senate vote to make payments and apologies to Japanese-Americans for their unconstitutional detention during World War II is welcome and long overdue. What a shame some legislators must criticize the cost of the vote and mention budget deficits. The puny amount allotted to each survivor scarcely begins to pay for the lost years, the racism, and the service they have given to the United States.

As for Helms and his continued association of Japanese-Americans with Pearl Harbor: He needs a few years in solitary at Manzanar.

ANN BOURMAN

Los Angeles

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