Senate Passes Reparations for Internees

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The Senate late Wednesday approved compromise legislation to pay more than $1.2 billion in compensation to Japanese-Americans taken from their homes to internment camps during World War II.

The legislation was approved by voice vote without debate and was sent to the House, which is expected to pass it shortly and send it to the White House.

The measure authorizes the payment of $20,000 to each individual interned between 1941 and 1946, with the oldest survivors being paid first. In cases in which an internee has died, his or her family will get the money.

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