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Wartime Treatment Study Act—HR 1425 and S 564

To prevent possible future erosion of our civil liberties, the German American Internee Coalition believes the federal government must fully review and acknowledge its wartime civil liberties violations. The US government has never comprehensively reviewed the German and Italian American experience. On August 3, 2001, Senators Russell Feingold (D-WI) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) originally introduced […]

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Congressional Report—”Treatment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent, European Americans and Jewish Refugees during World War II”

19 March 2009 Hearing Report—”Treatment of Latin Americans of Japanese Descent, European Americans and Jewish Refugees during World War II” by the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, 111th Congress, 1st Session, including oral and written testimony by GAIC board members, John Christgau, […]

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HR 1425 Reported out of U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee

The German American Internee Coalition is thrilled that on October 21, 2009, the Wartime Treatment Study Act made a huge step toward passage when it was reported favorably out of the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. The bipartisan vote was 19-7, including two Republicans. With this action, HR 1425 is now set for passage […]

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Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Issues Day of Remembrance Letter

On February 4, 2009, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued its annual Day of Remembrance letter to Day of Remembrance participants. The concluding paragraph of the letter states: It has been over two decades since the enactment of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 in which Congress and the president recognized the egregious […]

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National Day of Rememberance

The first federal legislation to pass which specifically mentioned the internment of German Americans and Latin Americans was introduced by Rep. Mike Honda as House Resolution 56. It passed in March 2004. It called for a National Day of Remembrance on February 19, the date of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The National Day […]

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Calls for Review of German Internment – H. R. 1357

Calls for Review of German Internment – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES H. R. 1357 On July 31, 2008, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 1357 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, pursuant to persons of Japanese descent held in War Relocation Authority camps received reparations and an apology from […]

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Congressional Hearing Reviews the U.S. Wartime Treatment of German Americans and German Latin Americans 

On March 19, 2009, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, chaired by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-16) joined by Ranking Member Steven King (IA-5), convened a hearing focused on the U.S. treatment of European Americans and Latin Americans, Japanese Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World […]

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