A Colorado state lawmaker on Wednesday repeatedly appeared to defend the use of internment camps for Japanese Americans in World War II during a debate on a bill intended to “protect Colorado residents from federal government overreach.” House Bill 1230, also known as the Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act, was introduced by Colorado House Democrats earlier this month to ensure the state “does not aid or assist any federal overreach that would set up a registry for Muslims or other religious groups, create internment camps, or attempt to identify individuals by their race, religion, nationality, or immigration status and ethnicity — all of which go against our American and Colorado values and our U.S.
Roosevelt's order to create Japanese internment camps in the state.
Phil Covarrubias seemed to argue that the mass incarceration order was done “in the heat of combat” when there was “no time to ask questions.” “We keep hearing about how things went down with the Japanese people.
We need to take care of our home here and realize that we have plenty of our own citizens — citizens — that are in fear.” “I guess the point I was trying to make is that, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt's reaction to the attack was a wrong one,” he said.
When asked to clarify his comments Wednesday — which seemed to indicate the opposite — Covarrubias spoke only in broad terms, saying “it's just a tough place to be with it all” and that “war is not a good place to be for any human to be in.” “I stick to the fact that, under no circumstances, regardless of who they are, should people be treated in the way that people were being treated during the World War II period,” Covarrubias said.