Carl Higbie, a prominent supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, has spoken out publicly in defense of Trump’s proposed national registration list for immigrant Muslims. Likening the registration list to internment camps that the government created to house more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast during World War II, Higbie stated that he believed the proposed law would pass constitutional muster, in the vein of “protecting America first.” According to Higbie, if protecting the people of America requires the registration of Muslim immigrants, whom he claims are not protected by the U.S. Constitution, then he is fully supportive of the measure. Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. government forced thousands of Japanese-Americans to abandon their homes and businesses in order to relocate to internment camps in desolate areas, surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Obviously, the internment camps caused many of these individuals to lose their homes and their livelihoods. Nonetheless, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the detention and internment process. In 1944, however, an order issued that prohibited the War Relocation Authority from detaining any loyal U.S. citizens, including Japanese-Americans. President Reagan issued a formal apology for the government’s actions in detaining individuals and operating war-time internment camps in 1988. Meanwhile, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is acting as one of Trump’s policy advisors, reportedly is working on a draft of a proposal to require Muslim registration, although Trump has refused to comment on the issue in recent weeks. Kobach, who is known for his very strict stance on immigration, helped draft a former Arizona law that required police officers to check for immigration status during routine traffic stops. Likewise, during his tenure with the Department of Justice in the George W. Bush administration, Kobach developed an immigration program after 9/11 that allowed the interviewing, fingerprinting, and photographing of new visitors to the U.S. coming from countries in which terrorism was a “concern.” DHS ultimately ended the program in 2011. Whether a potential federal government policy that requires all Muslims to join a national registration list will actually materialize is unclear at this point. No matter the outcome of that proposal, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.