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Activists Protest Trump Admin Plan to Jail Migrant Children at Fort Sill

HeadlineJul 22, 2019

And in Oklahoma, hundreds of immigrant rights and indigenous activists descended on Fort Sill Saturday, blocking the entrance to the site and shutting down freeway traffic for several hours. Activists are demanding the Trump administration and Oklahoma Republican Governor Kevin Stitt halt plans to jail migrant children at Fort Sill, which was used to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II and has been called a “concentration camp.” Fort Sill was also once a prison for Native Americans. This is Daniela Melendez from United We Dream.

Daniela Melendez: “Fort Sill has a long history here in Oklahoma. It used to be a place where Native Americans were held after the Trail of Tears and also keeping them as, like, prisoners, basically. And also, Japanese Americans have also had a long history here, as they were also in detention camps during World War II. And now we’re seeing that Fort Sill is going to become a detention center for children of immigrants who are seeking asylum.”

Click here to see our coverage of protests at Fort Sill by Japanese-American elders.

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