DENVER — President Joe Biden on Friday signed bipartisan legislation to add the site of a World War II-era Japanese American internment center in the southeast corner of Colorado to the National Park System.
Sponsored by Colorado lawmakers U.S. Reps. Joe Neguse and Ken Buck and U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, the Amache National Historic Site Act designates Camp Amache, on 600-acres about a mile outside Granada in Prowers County, as a national historic site.
The bill passed both chambers of Congress unanimously last month.
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“I have waited many, many years to see the day where we can be certain that Amache — as a place of reflection, remembrance, honor and healing — is protected for our current and future generations," said Bob Fuchigami, who was 11 years old when he and his family were incarcerated at the camp, in a statement released by the bill's sponsors. "My parents did not live to see this day. The time is not only right; it is long overdue."
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