State of California Apologizes to Japanese Americans

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February 22, 2020
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The California Assembly unanimously voted on February 20,2020 to apologize to Japanese Americans for the state's role in promoting discrimination against Japanese Americans, including the mass incarceration during World War II of Japanese Americans.

The resolution connects legislation and policies targeting Japanese Americans, including California's "Alien Land Laws" prohibiting Japanese immigrants from owning and leasing land, with current discrimination against Muslim Americans and immigrants from Central America and Mexico.

Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduced the resolution which the legislative body passed on the 78th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 which set into motion the mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans. 

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