What Did Reagan Think Of The Japanese Internment Camps?

Many on the right wing (and those who call themselves “Reaganites”) are calling for the surveillance of Muslims and the shutting down of Mosques.

The mayor of Roanoke, VA, David Bowers, recently cited Japanese internment during World War II to defend rejecting Syrian refugees.  Star Trek actor George Takei and actor Telly Leung pointed that out in an article in The Huffington Post.

They also pointed out that in 1988, Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which apologized and compensated the victims of the Japanese internment.

Takei also testified before a congressional panel in the 80s, which found that racial prejudice, war hysteria and a lack of political leadership all contributed to the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.

NPR writes:

In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to compensate more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent who were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. The legislation offered a formal apology and paid out $20,000 in compensation to each surviving victim.

It would seem that Reagan in no way supported the Japanese internment camps in World War II.