Megyn Kelly chides Trump advocate who cites Japanese internment camps as precedent for Muslim registry

Megyn Kelly squares off against Carl Higbie over Japanese internment camps
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an anti-immigration hardliner, is part of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, and according to Reuters, he would like Trump to consider instituting a registry and tracking system for visitors to the U.S. from some Muslim countries. The George W. Bush administration put a system like that in place in 2002, but the Obama administration scrapped it in 2011. Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and spokesman for a pro-Trump super PAC, argued on Wednesday's Kelly File that such a system would be both legal and a good idea. And he cited some colorful precedents.

"I know the ACLU is gonna challenge it, but I think it'll pass," Higbie told Megyn Kelly. "We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will, maybe...." Kelly jumped in: "Come on, you're not — you're not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope." He said no, and Kelly continued: "You know better than to suggest that. I mean, that's the kind of stuff that gets people scared, Carl." Higbie said he's "just saying there is precedent for it, and I'm not saying I agree with it," and Kelly cut in again: "You can't be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is going to do."

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