Lending even greater significance to the parallels commentators and historians have drawn between U.S. migrant detention centers and concentration camps of the past, the Trump administration is reportedly planning to hold more than a thousand immigrant children at an Oklahoma army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.
According to Time, Fort Sill “has been selected to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative.”
“Fort Sill, located southwest of Oklahoma City, was one of several internment camps where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II,” Time reported. “Between 1942 and 1946, the U.S. government forcibly removed an estimated 120,000 men, women and children from their homes and incarcerated them across the country. Fort Sill was later used to hold German prisoners of war.”
As Time pointed out, the horrific practice of detaining immigrants at the site of a former internment camp did not begin with Trump.
“In 2014, the Obama administration placed around 7,700 migrant children on bases in Texas, California, and Oklahoma, including Fort Sill. The temporary shelters were shuttered after four months,” Time reported. Under Obama, Fort Sill was used to detain around 200 children.
News of the Trump administration’s decision to send over a thousand children to the base as it detains a record number of immigrants was met with horror.
California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted, “This is sick.”
“We will look back at this moment in time and ask ourselves what we did to put a stop to these horrific, inhumane policies. Speak up. Speak out. Be on the right side of history.”
Echoing a sentiment that was common across social media, Yale legal scholar Tiffany Li added, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Having trouble absorbing this. How many times have we said ‘never again’? https://t.co/3n1tkgBgzAADVERTISEMENT
— Tim Shorrock (@TimothyS) June 12, 2019
It feels as though history can’t yell any louder than this.
— Joanne Freeman (@jbf1755) June 12, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
As Time reported, the Trump administration has detained more than 40,000 children this year alone.
“That’s a 57 percent 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,” according to Time.
Conservative writer warns Democrats all the ways they could blow it in 2020
On Tuesday, Never Trump conservative and The Bulwark editor Charlie Sykes wrote an editorial in Politico warning that Democrats could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020 — and urged them to not do anything foolish.
"Donald Trump remains historically unpopular because the past three years have cemented the public’s image of the president as a deeply dishonest, erratic, narcissistic, Twitter-addicted bully. As a result, a stunning 57 percent of voters say they will definitely not vote to reelect him next year and he trails Democratic challengers in key states," wrote Sykes.
‘A nightmare’: Even ICE agents are fed up with Trump’s ‘dumbsh*t’ political stunts
When President Donald Trump is hoping to rally his base, one of the things he typically does is try to remind supporters how tough he is on illegal immigration. But according to a report by The New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer, agents for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are growing increasingly fed up with being used as a political football.
Blitzer notes that on June 17, Trump announced there'd be immigration raids the following week he promised would result in the deportation of “millions of illegal aliens.” But ICE, Blitzer reports, had to “scramble” in order to accommodate Trump’s announcement and wished he had given them more advance notice.
Trump’s sneak attack on social security — and how the president thinks he can quietly get away with it
Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal included billions of dollars in Social Security cuts. The proposed cuts were a huge betrayal of his campaign promise to protect our Social Security system. Fortunately for Social Security’s current and future beneficiaries, he has little chance of getting these cuts past the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats.