Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor
Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump is housing migrant children in a former Japanese internment camp.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 12, 2019
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While the statement is true, most of the headlines leave out the fact that Fort Sill, Oklahoma — which was temporarily repurposed in the 1940s as an internment camp — is, to this day, a fully operational Army base that has been in use since Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan staked out the land in 1869.
The “former Japanese internment camp” is also just a U.S. Army base thats been continually operating since the 1860s. https://t.co/EHu7Si2jaO
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) June 12, 2019
That didnt stop many from running with the narrative, regardless. (RELATED: MSNBC: No, Migrant Children Are Not Kept In Cages)
— David Beard (@dabeard) June 12, 2019
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 12, 2019
And Trump critics were only too happy to jump on the bandwagon:
The internment of Japanese Americans is a stain on our history. It abhorrent that 75 years later, this administration now wants to hold migrant children in one of those same camps.
We will look back on Trumps racist child prisons as an abomination. https://t.co/DOBxbhdrcd
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 12, 2019
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. https://t.co/cnm4ME5IVw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 12, 2019
1942: Fort Sill in Oklahoma holds 700 Japanese-Americans interned during World War II under a racist executive order.
2019: Fort Sill in Oklahoma holds 1,400 migrant children kidnapped from their families by DHS at the border under a racist president. https://t.co/XNhBNVsKIP
— Swing Left (@swingleft) June 12, 2019
A former Japanese internment camp now used to hold migrants. Hundreds forced for days into outdoor confinement with little protection against intense sun. Every Democratic presidential candidate should pledge to hold those responsible criminally accountable.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) June 12, 2019
Families like mine still bear scars from the suffering they underwent in Japanese internment. Its immoral for our government to be doing this to children seeking asylum. Internment was a dark time in our history — we cant allow history to repeat itself. https://t.co/yguBv0gmWv
— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) June 12, 2019
History is repeating itself on OUR WATCH. Remember that. We cant say we did not know. https://t.co/aQVGUO7nuA
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) June 12, 2019