House Passes Bill to Preserve 10 WWII Internment Camps





World War II internment camps for Japanese-Americans will be preserved as reminders of how the United States treated some citizens in wartime.

The Republican-led Congress sent President Bush on Tuesday a bill for $38 million in National Park Service grants to restore and pay for research at 10 camps. The lawmakers returned on Tuesday for four days of work, and the House passed the bill on a voice vote.

The park service operates centers at two camps, the Manzanar National Historic Site in California and the Minidoka Internment National Monument in Idaho.

The Senate passed the bill last month. The park service says the program is too expensive, but the White House has not signaled opposition to it.

“Preserving these internment sites is a solemn task we all bear,” said Representative Doris Matsui, Democrat of California, who was born in 1944 in the Potson camp in Arizona. “Those who come after us will have a physical reminder of what they will never allow to happen again.”

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