Restitution: The Burden Of Shame

The Burden Of Shame

After a somber and sometimes impassioned debate, the House of Representatives last week voted 243 to 141 to issue a formal apology to the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were forcibly sent to resettlement camps in World War II. In addition, the resolution provides $50 million for a fund to educate the public about the detainment program and a controversial $1.2 billion in restitution payments to the approximately 60,000 survivors of the camps.

The Senate is expected to approve a similar bill, but opponents say the U.S. cannot afford to add such a sum to the huge federal budget deficit. Supporters of...

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