Mayor who used Japanese internment camps to justify anti-refugee stance faces backlash

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After a Virginia mayor ordered city agencies to stop helping Syrian refugees and compared the current crisis to Japanese internment policies used during World War II, criticism from politicians and celebrities began to flood social media

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers wrote in a citywide statement Wednesday morning: “I\’m reminded that President Franklin D. Roosevelt felt compelled to sequester Japanese foreign nationals after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it appears that the threat of harm to America from Isis now is just as real and serious as that from our enemies then.”

Roanoke mayor cites Japanese internment in letter opposing resettlement of Syrian refugees..pic.twitter.com/lkZcm5WiYl

— Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) November 18, 2015 Read more…

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