George Takei Slams Trump’s Migrant Policy; Compares It To Worst Atrocity In Modern U.S. History

Actor and civil rights activist George Takei of Star Trek fame is now weighing in on Donald Trump’s cruel and inhumane family separation policy. If anyone should be listened to on this subject, it is Mr. Takei. You see, when he was just five years old, George Takei and his family were removed from their quiet California home and taken to the now-infamous Japanese internment camps during President Roosevelt’s administration right after World War II. Now, Takei is looking at what is happening now, and is seeing history repeat itself under the Trump Administration in the most alarming way possible. Takei says of the new policy in a Foreign Policy op-ed, that Trump’s policy is actually worse:

“In one core, horrifying way this is worse. At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers’ arms. We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.”

Now, we all know that the internment of Japanese Americans during that horrible period is seen as one of the most shameful periods in American history. Now, we are repeating it – only this time the United States government has taken cruelty and racial discrimination to a whole other level.

People keep trying to say that we should not compare the white nationalist policies of Donald Trump, aided and abetted by cruel white supremacists such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Immigration Policy Adviser Stephen Miller, to the worst atrocities in human history. However, the truth is this: When history of the time we are now living in is written, this policy will go right in with those atrocities and rightfully so.

This policy is nothing more than modern day internment and concentration camps of the cruelest kind. The United States government is literally ripping migrant children from their mothers’ arms and incarcerating them in concentration camps – in literal cages and so-called “tent cities.”

We should be listening to George Takei and others who have survived such horrors, before the United States of America is unable to turn itself around and orchestrates yet another historic humanitarian atrocity. I only fear that it is already too late.


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