Japanese American Groups Call Plan to Detain Migrants at Ex-Internment Site a ‘Gut Punch’

The Daily Beast


The decision by HHS to designate Fort Sill as a “temporary emergency influx shelter” comes as the department has asked for almost $3 billion in emergency appropriations to house a record number of undocumented minors. Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection released data showing that apprehensions of unaccompanied minors at the southern border has skyrocketed in 2019, rising more than 80 percent from May 2018 to May 2019.


“That our country is once again incarcerating children in facilities used previously to incarcerate Japanese Americans is like a gut punch to the Japanese American community, many of whom continue to feel the effects of the inter-generational trauma inflicted from their families' incarceration experiences,” David Inoue, executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, told The Daily Beast. “The damage being done to these children is immoral.”


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