[Ed. – More piling on. As Twitter user Nat Shupe pointes out, these are ‘two completely different scenarios. Those Japanese-Americans were American citizens thrown into internment camps by progressive Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt w/ no due process. The other are people breaking federal law entering our country illegally.”]
In the small South Texas town of Crystal City, little remains of the massive internment camp that was used to incarcerate thousands of people of Japanese and German ancestry in the 1940s.
But the memories of that imprisonment — and the enduring trauma that came with it — have stalked Hiroshi Shimizu since the day he left the camp in 1947.
“From the time I was born until I was almost five, all I had known was incarceration,” Shimizu said. “You carry that with you every day.”
As a humanitarian crisis has recently unfolded on the border where more than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their parents after crossing into the country illegally, Shimizu and other Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned at the Crystal City internment camp have watched with heavy hearts, all too familiar with the toll that being confined can take on a child.
Bearing witness to the detention of young children has only been made more painful by the fact that the trauma they’ve been burdened with for most of their lives is now being inflicted on children who have no one to lean on.