Japanese Americans detained as kids plan Fort Sill protest

Bin GateJune 22, 2019

LAWTON, Okla. – Demonstrators including Japanese Americans who were detained as children by the U.S. government during World War II are speaking out against the Trump administration’s plans to house migrant children at an Oklahoma Army base.

Groups including the Japanese American National Museum and Densho, which documents the history of Japanese American incarceration, plan to protest Saturday outside Fort Sill near Lawton. They also will hang origami paper cranes in an effort to inspire hope for the migrant children.

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement said this month it plans to temporarily place up to 1,400 kids at the base. Fort Sill housed migrant children in 2014 under the Obama administration. It was used to incarcerate hundreds of the approximately 120,000 Japanese and Japanese American people the federal government detained during the war with Japan.

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