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    74 Years Since Korematsu v. United States

    74 years ago today the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Korematsu v. United States. This case concerned the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II. In a 6–3 decision, the Court upheld the abhorrent practice of forcing Japanese Americans to relocate to camps. Today we remember Fred T. Korematsu an under-celebrated national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity. As Utahns and Americans, we owe it to ourselves to grapple with the difficult parts of our history and to commit to a more positive future. As we contemplate our history, we must learn from it and seek to implement policies that reflect that values of our community. In the upcoming legislative session, we will be working to introduce legislation to create a statewide day of reflection about the legacy of Japanese American internment.
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    Celebrating Bill of Rights Day 2018

    Today we celebrate the Bill of Rights during National Bill of Rights Day. Many of our most cherished rights as citizens - including many that each of us takes for granted every day are enshrined in the Bill of Rights. But the Bill of Rights was not an original part of the Constitution. The creation of the Bill of Rights was one of the first major compromises made to create our nation. These rights were enacted through the Massachusetts Compromise. The compromise helped gather enough support for the Constitution to ensure its ratification and lead to the adoption of the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments to the Constitution - which spell out our rights as Americans. These 10 amendments guarantee civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the states.
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