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News Posted on February 24, 2017

Associate Dean Sunder, Professor Chander Publish Op-ed in Sacramento Bee

Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder and Professor Anupam Chander co-authored an op-ed that was published in the Sacramento Bee on February 19.  The article, “We can stop history from repeating itself,” compares the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II with President Trump’s recent executive orders barring immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

Most Americans supported the executive order authorizing internment in 1942, and the courts rejected legal challenges to it, including the case brought by California native Fred Korematsu that went to the Supreme Court. (Sunder and Chander co-authored Fred Korematsu: All American Hero, a comic book on the Korematsu case.) Trump’s executive order is similar in that it “also targets people on the basis of national origin, declaring them a danger to this country,” but it has been greeted by widespread protests, and courts have been supportive of legal challenges, Sunder and Chander write.

“In the 1940s, a few courageous individuals like Korematsu spoke up. Imagine what we can do when we speak up by the millions,” the article concludes.