The Senate on Monday passed a bill to make a former Japanese-American internment camp in Colorado a national historic site.
The bill would establish Amache National Historic Site, a former Japanese American incarceration facility outside of Grenada in southeastern Colorado, as part of the national park system. Last year, the legislation passed the House and was led by Colorado representatives. Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseBalance/Sustainability — Warming Arctic Freezes Chinese Cultures House Dems, Green Groups Demand Biden’s National Biodiversity Strategy Manchin has hired security guards amid threats and protests MORE (D) and Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckThe Memo: Chinese Olympics begin under shadow of abuse Lawmakers emerge from Russia-Ukraine briefings bracing for invasion (R).
Colorado Sens. Michael BenetMichael Farrand BennetSwing state voters worried about Build Back Better’s impact on inflation: Poll Senate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed up child tax credit in spending deal These seats in the Senate are to be filled in 2022 MORE (D) and John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperDemocrats are racing to crush Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill. (D) celebrated the passage of the Senate bill.
“The incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at sites like Amache is a shameful part of our nation’s history. Our bill will preserve Amache’s history so that future generations can learn of this dark chapter in our history,” Bennett said.
The Amache camp was one of several Japanese American incarceration facilities across the country during WWII.
The passage of the bill comes just before the 80th anniversary of the executive order that led to the forced internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans on February 19, 1942.
“The site of Amache as a national park unit highlights the injustices of the internment of Japanese Americans, one of the darkest chapters in our country,” the Colorado governor said. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisSunday shows: No breakthrough in Russian-Ukrainian tensions Colorado governor urges ‘civility and respect’ as blue states ease mask mandatesSunday shows preview: White House says Russia could invade “any day”; RNC censorship resolution receives backlash MORE (D) said in a statement. “Colorado is home to world-class national parks and the addition of the Amache site honors those values and our history.”