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Trump Administration To House Migrant Children At Base That Served As Japanese Internment Camp

Fort Sill in Oklahoma interned thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII.
Trump Administration To House Migrant Children At Base That Served As Japanese Internment Camp
Japanese American children held in internment camps during WWII.

What is that French saying? Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change the more they remain the same. Unfortunately. It wasn't until 1988 that the United States formally apologized for the internment and reparations made.

Source: Time.com

The Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody after running out of room at government shelters.

Fort Sill, an 150-year-old installation once used as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, has been selected to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The agency said Fort Sill will be used “as a temporary emergency influx shelter” to help ease the burden on the government as it prepares to house a record number of minors even though it already operates about 168 facilities and programs in 23 states.

Health and Human Services said in a statement that it has taken about 40,900 children into custody through April 30. That’s a 57% increase from last year, which is a rate on-pace to surpass the record figures in 2016, when 59,171 minors were taken into custody. The agency had assessed two other military bases before selecting Fort Sill.


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