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October 6, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau
Nearly 69 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered Japanese Americans to internment camps, President Obama signed legislation Tuesday awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American World War II veterans. A handful of Japanese American veterans and lawmakers joined Obama in the Oval Office, where he signed the legislation awarding the medal to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion, both known for their motto "Go for Broke," as well as the 6,000 Japanese Americans who served in the Military Intelligence Services during the war. "It is the greatest thing in my life," 91-year-old Grant Ichikawa said after the ceremony.
July 28, 1988 | United Press International
The Senate late Wednesday approved compromise legislation to pay more than $1.2 billion in compensation to Japanese-Americans taken from their homes to internment camps during World War II. The legislation was approved by voice vote without debate and was sent to the House, which is expected to pass it shortly and send it to the White House. The measure authorizes the payment of $20,000 to each individual interned between 1941 and 1946, with the oldest survivors being paid first.
December 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush signed into law a $38-million grant program to preserve notorious internment camps where Japanese Americans were kept behind barbed wire during World War II. The money will be administered by the National Park Service to restore and pay for research at 10 camps. The law is intended to help preserve the camps as reminders of how the United States turned on 120,000 of its citizens in a time of fear.
June 29, 1999
I am outraged to read the June 24 commentary by Paul D. Moore ("How China Plays the Ethnic Card"). His suggestion that the entire Chinese American community are potential spies for China is not only demagoguery but downright racist. This is precisely the kind of racist stereotyping that caused hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans to be rounded up inside internment camps during World War II. Under the guise of national security, let us see how many of these racists will be crawling out of their dark hiding places.
November 13, 1988
I am a blue-eyed Caucasian residing in the United States of Orange County. And I'm scared! Reading the article "State Assails GOP's Posting of Poll Guards" (Nov. 9) leads me to believe that the mostly one-party Republican political machine in this county did not learn a lesson from the recent, and long overdue, apology and reparation payments made to Japanese-American citizens interned during World War II. The last time I saw people challenged because they looked like aliens was when war hysteria took over and my American schoolmates who "looked Japanese" were taken away to the internment camps.
November 23, 1989
Japanese-Americans interned in U.S. camps during World War II celebrated the signing of federal legislation to fund reparations Wednesday but called it "a bittersweet victory" because so many former prisoners died without receiving the benefits.
February 21, 1992 | Associated Press
The San Francisco Examiner on Thursday apologized to readers for its support of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The paper's apology came almost exactly 50 years after the signing of Executive Order 9066 that sent 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry to internment camps. "This newspaper, too, along with others, advocated internment," the newspaper said in an editorial promoted on the front page under the headline: "The Examiner apologizes."
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