Mike Honda, interned during WWII, is outraged over Syrian refugee rhetoric

As a boy, Rep. Mike Honda, was interned during 
World War II at a camp in Colorado.

CONGRESS | DISTRICT 17 | It’s well known that Rep. Mike Honda spent a portion of his youth at a Japanese-American internment camp in Colorado. Amid overwrought rhetoric by some conservatives to deny Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. following the Paris attacks last week, Honda penned a forceful response Wednesday.

In the opinion piece posted on Medium, Honda said he is outraged by some calling for Syrian refugees to be “rounded up and interned.” Honda’s congressional Twitter feed also fired off a barrage of tweets on the subject late Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, David Bowers, the mayor of Roanoke, VA advocated against Syrian refugees being relocated to his city and wrote, “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.”

Glen Casada, a Republican member of the Tennessee state House and Rhode Island State Sen. Elaine Morgan made similar statements this week.

“We must now stand up and say ‘no’ to failed leadership and condemn the statements of Mayor Bowers of Roanoke, Tennessee state House GOP Caucus Chair Casada, and Rhode Island State Senator Morgan who would make such ill-advised and backwards-thinking recommendations. They are perpetuating the messages of hate and fear that fly in the fact of what America stands for in the world,” wrote Honda.

Instead, Honda, like many Democratic officials, is calling for a thorough screening of Syrian refugees seeking passage to the U.S.

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