Children in concentration camps? I guess it is true that those that forget the past are destined to repeat it.

The concentration camps of Nazi Germany are well-remembered and reviled. We seemed to have conveniently forgotten Germany was not the only country to imprison people based on their heritage during World War II.

I don’t know if it is taught now, but it wasn’t when I was in school. I do believe it is fairly common knowledge although much sanitized and rationalized. The US condemned people of Japanese descendent to concentration camps at the same time in history the Nazi regime was defining and implementing its “Final Solution.”

No, the Japanese in America were not exterminated. They did have their homes, their businesses, their freedom taken from them. Most of these people were native born US citizens incarcerated without due process. It was a scary time in America. Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor killing 2,403 . . . all but 68, American service men. National Security was the justification for this action.

In 1980 (not so long ago), the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians found little evidence of Japanese disloyalty and their imprisonment had been due to racism. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 admitted the government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership” and apologized. More than the equivalent of three trillion 2017 dollars in reparations were paid.

So, it’s not my judgement that what happened was wrong. It was the judgment of the US government. Did we learn from our past? I fear we may not have. Today I heard “National Security” used to justify for our current crisis at the Mexico border. No, not illegal immigration, rather the management of those trying to enter this country. I’m horrified in general by the treatment of these people crossing our southern border (both “illegals” and those requesting amnesty), but I am heart-sick and outraged by what is happening to the children.

I don’t care what the excuse(s) . . . I don’t care whose legislation or policy is responsible . . . I don’t care why it is being done . . . IT MUST STOP NOW. This is evil!

So, I ask again, it this who we really are?

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