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Full Snow Moon Over East Roanoke by Terry Aldhizer

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Reporter, Cameraman Killed In Shooting During Live News Broadcast

Two journalists with Roanoke, Virginia-based news station WDBJ were killed Wednesday in a shooting that took place during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died shortly after the incident, the station announced. Multiple shots rang out at around 6:45 a.m. during a broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake in the community of Moneta.

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Last week we went hiking up on Bent Mountain above the Blue Ridge Parkway and came upon an old fieldstone foundation of a structure and this abandoned colonial cemetery. There were 20 markers in all, most were just slender pieces of granite sticking out of the ground. It was so eerie, just the wind blowing and the sound of a small creek. We wondered if it had been an old Appalachian church. I wonder who they were.

(As prepared for delivery on November 19th, 2015)

Mr. Speaker. 70 years ago my parents and grandparents were stripped of their possessions and placed in Japanese-American internment camps.

They were not guilty of espionage. They did not commit treason. They simply looked like our enemy — and that cost my family their freedom.

Yesterday, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, suggested that this country’s treatment of Japanese-Americans during the 1940s is a model for how we should address today’s global refugee crisis.

It does not take courage to condemn such disgraceful comments, nor does it take wisdom to say our World War Two policies were a product of fear and hysteria.

What takes wisdom is recognizing that history is now repeating itself. And what takes courage is sending a message to the world that America will protect innocent people regardless of their nationality or religion.

That’s what my mother and father deserved 70 years ago, and it’s what these refugees deserve today.

Thank you and I yield back.