A supporter of the recently elected Donald Trump cited the United States’ use of internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II as precedent for Trump’s rumored registry of Muslim immigrants.
In an interview with FOX News’ Megyn Kelly, former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie made the statement which caught Kelly off guard.
“It is legal. They say it will hold constitutional muster. I know the the [American Civil Liberties Union] is going to challenge it, but I think it will pass,” Higbie said in regards to the possible policy.
“And we’ve done it with Iran back — back a while ago, we did it during World War II with Japanese which, call it what you will, it may be wrong,” he offers as Kelly cuts in.
“Come on, you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps,” she said. “You know better than to suggest that. That’s the kind of thing that gets people scared, Carl.”
“No, no, no, I’m not proposing that at all, Megyn, but what I am saying is we need to protect America first,” Higbie responded. “I’m just saying there’s precedent for it, I’m not saying I agree with it, but in this case I absolutely believe—”
“You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president elect is going to do,” Kelly offered.
“Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand — until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it,” Higbie said.
The policy is reportedly being drafted by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona.
Check out the interview between Kelly and Higbie below.