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Korematsu Descendants Won't Let History Repeat Itself

Does history always repeat itself? It won't if the descendants of Korematsu, Hirabayashi and Yasui, whose parents and grandparents suffered from the government's World War II detention policies against Japanese Americans, have their way. As Eric Muller shares in this post, he's filed an amicus brief at the 2nd Circuit on behalf of the Korematsu descendants in Turkmen v. Ashcroft, challenging the government's post-9/11 detention policies for Arab and Muslim aliens. The lower court found that the prolonged detention policy did not violate Equal Protection because the executive had broad discretion to single out certain groups for longer detention than others. The plaintiffs sought review of the lower court decision at the 2nd Circuit.

As this New York Times story (4/3/07) describes, Muller's clients still feel the sting of past discrimination against their ancestors and want to prevent it from recurring.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on April 4, 2007 at 04:22 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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