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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa's Response to Secretary Zinke

May 29, 2018
Press Release

HONOLULU -- "Secretary Ryan Zinke continues to miss the point. This is racial stereotyping. And this is racial stereotyping that occurred while I questioned him about funding to preserve and protect Japanese internment sites in my capacity as a member of Congress. Does he greet other members of Congress in their ancestral language? This mentality led to a dark period in American history that saw 120,000 men, women and children, including my grandfathers, sent to internment camps during WWII. We must never forget the injustice of the Japanese internment. We can never again allow our country to imprison its people because of their ancestry, not because they committed a crime. Racial stereotyping should never be a part of policy making. I urge all Americans to ignore the divisive rhetoric, racial insensitivity, and dishonesty that too often seeps out of Trump and his administration. America is a nation of immigrants, defined by our diversity and we are stronger, together."