Hiro - A Story of Japanese Interment Trailer

“In fact, information from the 1940 Census was secretly used in one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in U.S. history: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
In papers presented in 2000 and 2007, historian Margo J. Anderson of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and statistician William Seltzer of Fordham University found evidence that census officials cooperated with the government, providing data to target Japanese Americans.”

The abuse of data from the 1940 census has fueled fears about a citizenship question on the 2020 census form.

During Thursday's House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa asked Secretary Zinke about the future of a grant program to preserve the history of World War II-era Japanese-American incarceration.

Zinke's response: "Oh, konnichiwa."

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing criticism after he responded to Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's question with "konnichiwa."