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Survivors of Japanese Internment Protest Migrant Detention Center

Survivors of Japanese Internment Protest Migrant Detention Center

Between 1942 and 1946, nearly 80,000 Japanese Americans were held in concentration camps dotted along the West Coast. The decision to hold these citizens is seen as one of the darkest moments in American history.

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The White House’s decision to hold the children of migrants in camps has reminded many of this moment in time. Six Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during Japanese internment joined close to 100 other protesters in Dilley, Texas this weekend.

The Dilley facility is holding close to 1,000 women and children who were detained while seeking asylum. This facility is around an hour from the Crystal City Family Camp that once held Japanese citizens.

Dr. Satsuki Ina spent time in the Crystal City facility when she was a child. She told the San Antonio Express News, “I feel empowered today that we can use our voices, voices that we didn’t have then to speak out against injustice and inhumane treatment of innocent human beings.”

To show their solidarity with the migrants, the camp survivors brought with them 25,ooo paper cranes. These cranes were used to decorate the fencing outside the facility.

Dr. Satsuki couldn’t help but see the parallels between her plight and the ones facing these children. She lamented, “Justified in today’s immigration hysteria, we are hearing again, similar claims of ‘economic threat,’ ‘spies and terrorists,’ ‘unassimilable’ race and religion, etc., echoed in today’s rhetoric calling for bans and walls. We will not be silent.”

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