“What I hear over and over from the Japanese American community is about how bothered they are about what is happening at our borders with children and families held in cages, being torn apart.
“For many survivors of the Japanese American camps it strikes a deep chord,” he added. “They see in many ways history repeating itself.”
The federal government apologized in 1988 for the forced removals that lasted up to 1945, and granted compensation to survivors.
Muratsuchi, who is Japanese-American, said it was essential for California to atone for its past mistakes given the role the state played.
“We like to talk a lot about how we lead the nation by example,” he said in a tweet. “Unfortunately, in this case, California led the racist anti-Japanese American movement.”