Seventy-five years ago, the Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions--in Korematsu v. United States--upholding the conviction of Fred Korematsu who refused to report to an assembly center during the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. What were the events that led up to the relocation of approximately 120,000 immigrants and citizens? How and why did the Court decide the way it did? Could it happen again?  

Three legal experts--Nadine Strossen, Dean Hashimoto, and Ken Masugi--discuss the events leading up to the relocation and internment, the relevant court cases, and the legacy of Korematsu.

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New York Law School Professor and former ACLU President Nadine Strossen:

Boston College of Law Associate Professor Dean Hashimoto:

Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Ken Masugi:

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Related Links & Differing Views:

Oyez: Korematsu v. United States

The National Park Service: A Brief History of Japanese American Relocation During World War II

UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal: The Legacy of Korematsu v. United States: A Dangerous Narrative Retold

Law & Liberty: Lessons from the WW II Japanese Relocation

Relocation Reconsidered, Courtesy of Donald Trump

TIME: The WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans Stretched Beyond U.S. Borders

B.C. Third World L.J.: Introduction: Praising With Faint Damnation --The Troubling Rehabilitation of Korematsu

Forbes: George Takei’s Family’s Japanese American Internment Nightmare

New York Times: Rounding Up Americans

American Greatness: Concentration Camps, Again?