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Making Amends for Korematsu: New at Reason

The current Supreme Court undoes a wrong from a past one.

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesMandel Ngan/AFP/Getty ImagesIf there is a silver lining to the Supreme Court's summer ruling in Trump v. Hawaii, which upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries, it's that the Court finally denounced its own error in Korematsu v. United States. That 1944 ruling validated Franklin Delano Roosevelt's order to relocate and imprison 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. It has been a blight on the Supreme Court's record ever since, writes Mike Riggs in the latest issue of Reason.

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