Obama Says Internment Camps Betrayed American Values

By MarketWatch Pulse

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II was one of the "darkest chapters" in American history. "We succumbed to fear, we betrayed not only our fellow Americans but our deepest values," Obama said in a speech at a naturalization ceremony. "We need to resolve never to repeat mistakes like that again," Obama said. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and others have cited former president Franklin Roosevelt's executive order allowing the internment camps as a precedent for putting restrictions on Muslim entry into the United States.

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