Seventy-five years ago yesterday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order which resulted in 70,000 American citizens of Japanese descent--men, women and children--to be rounded up and imprisoned in internment camps. 50,000 non-U.S. citizens of Japanese descent were also imprisoned.
The internment camps were shut down four years later. Many of those imprisoned lost their homes and businesses while they were incarcerated.
This is looked back upon as a terrible blemish of injustice in U.S. history. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued an apology for it, as did the president after him, George H.W. Bush. A token monetary reparation was issued to the victims.
During his campaign for president, Donald J. Trump defended his proposed ban on Muslims by saying, "What I'm doing is no different than FDR. I mean, take a look at what FDR did many years ago and he's one of the most highly respected presidents. I mean respected by most people. They named highways after him."