|Japanese American former incarcerees standing up for immigrant rights at the|
Fort Sill concentration camp in Oklahoma in June 2019.
"We in the Japanese American community have always said NEVER AGAIN:
- Never Again to the concentration camps that held 120,000 Japanese Americans in World War II.
- Never Again to separating families across states or across borders.
- Never Again to the mass incarceration and mass surveillance of any community.
In 2019 we continue to see the persecution of migrants and asylum seekers, the separation of families at the border, a rampant increase in deportations, the ongoing Muslim Ban, and the incarceration of children and asylum seekers in abusive and unsafe conditions in modern-day concentration camps.
Even further, Fort Sill in Oklahoma, which served as a Japanese American incarceration site during World War II is being used to incarcerate migrant children once again. We gather to express our outrage at these policies, to hear from impacted Asian American communities, and to call on all communities of conscience to stand up in opposition to these policies.
Why? To show the unified voice of the Japanese American and Asian American communities in opposition to these policies, and to fight for the reunification of families, an end to indefinite detentions, and civil and human rights for all."