In the same decision overturning the injunction against President Donald Trump's travel ban, the United States Supreme Court also quietly overturned a landmark decision that allowed the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.
In 1994, in Korematsu v. United States, the court held in a 6-3 decision that Executive Order 9066, which created internment, was constitutional.
The case was cited in a dissent, allowing the court the opportunity to final overturn the ruling.
"The dissents's reference to Korematsu, however, affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and -- to be clear -- 'has no place in law under the Constitution,'" the majority held.
Justice Sotomayor says the majority's decision in Trump v. Hawaii is like Korematsu, the Japanese internment decisi… https://t.co/uemrgwCM1V— Dan Epps (@Dan Epps)1530022623.0
Still reading the opinion, but this part really stood out: the Supreme Court just overturned Korematsu v. United St… https://t.co/oGHPFpeKFk— Matt Ford (@Matt Ford)1530022911.0
No credit to the Supreme Court for overturning Korematsu while the Defense Department is literally preparing intern… https://t.co/PBI5nE9Q6j— Spencer Ackerman (@Spencer Ackerman)1530023941.0
America waited 74 years for the Supreme Court to explicitly state that Korematsu (upholding internment of Japanese… https://t.co/4QWU3tDUyv— Amir Ali (@Amir Ali)1530023383.0