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story.lead_photo.caption George Takei poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

George Takei said on Twitter he has “no words” after learning a immigrant detainment center for unaccompanied children could be erected on land near the Arkansas internment camp where he was imprisoned as a child.

Takei, the famous actor, director and activist who played Sulu on the original Star Trek series, tweeted a KUAR story on Thursday and wrote that he “just heard that they are considering a detainment center for immigrant children just two miles from where I spent my childhood behind barbed wire in a camp in Rohwer, Arkansas. I have no words.”

The Rohwer interment camp in Desha County imprisoned around 16,000 Japanese Americans during World War II, including Takei, who has been an outspoken advocate for immigrant rights. An estimated 110,000 to 120,000 Japanese Americans were locked up in 10 camps across the country.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visited an unused federal property in Kelso to assess its viability to house unaccompanied children detained after crossing the Southern U.S. border, the federal agency said in a statement.

Federal officials also conducted a preliminary site visit at the Little Rock Air Force Base on Thursday. The health and human services department will decide if either site will be used to house those children, the statement said.

A spokesman for the base declined to release more information.

The Pentagon reportedly said it will make space on military bases for as many as 20,000 unaccompanied children who were detained after crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.


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  • mrcharles
    June 22, 2018 at 1:06 p.m.

    What words would be appropriate? How can a human being come up with words to describe this action in the 2nd decade of the 21st century?

    This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA a land of imperfect creations of the creator, having not being so innocent [ why trump has one truth in his life] should not accept another blot on its soul. There becomes a time to act like a human instead of just talking justice.

    a person here once mentioned walking humbly with their god, Yet they forgot the "Only to do right and to love goodness." Seems many on the right forget the good parts.

    What is wrong with goodness and mercy?

  • AuntPetunia
    June 22, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.

    I’m curious, what happens if you go into another country like France or Spain without obeying their immigration laws?

  • GeneralMac
    June 22, 2018 at 1:57 p.m.

    Amazing that liberals like to 2nd guess what we did during WWII..... internment camps, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, ......

    We achieved TOTAL victory in WWII and neither Japan nor Germany has caused trouble since.

    A better use of time might be spent scrutinizing what we did wrong on wars that did not end as successful.

    (Vietnam and Korea)

  • honesthap
    June 22, 2018 at 2:01 p.m.

    Might have known that the ultra-liberal mrcharles would delve in on the side of ignorance, again! If we have no borders, and if we do not enforce them, we have no country. Send them all back, with their parents, and let them enter (or attempt to enter) legally. It is so easy to criticize enforcement of law if one is ignorant of the law and common sense.

  • Packman
    June 22, 2018 at 2:39 p.m.

    George Takei is a f'ing moron. There is simply no comparison between taking care of minors illegally entering the country until their status can be sorted out and the internment of AMERICAN CITIZENS during WWII. F off, Sulu. Scotty will beam you up for free.

  • RBBrittain
    June 22, 2018 at 3:51 p.m.

    Let me remind FakeGenera & Pacman that the U.S. ultimately paid reparations to Japanese American citizens that were by modern standards wrongly interned in what we now call "concentration camps" at Rohwer and elsewhere. (I can't verify if Takei personally received a reparation check, but it's almost certain he did.) And I should also remind AuntPetunia & Dishonesthap that foreigners have NO ROLE in writing the immigration laws of ANY country they visit; in many cases they CANNOT enter by what our lawyers call "legal" means. Undocumented aliens are NOT an invading force; they come here because they can't get justice in their home countries. U.S. law already showed little compassion for them; Trump took even that away. Perhaps we should be moving the OTHER direction!

  • RBBrittain
    June 22, 2018 at 3:52 p.m.

    *FakeGeneral. The real Douglas MacArthur died before I was born, and I'm in my 50's.

  • mrcharles
    June 22, 2018 at 4:08 p.m.

    RBB, talking to the f morons is a waste of time, when you are the kind who swerve to hit turtles on the highway reason is not the reason, it is the use to grumpy and hateful.

    Aunt , what do they do in heaven? We are talking about the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, a home for the words on the statute of Liberty....................... though I would refer you to what was done to the native americans and their children..... What do you suppose the overseer of "up there" thinks about this great country I wonder [ ignore the genocide in the OT but look at NT thoughts, .... no dont do that either as the lake of fire and dragons were invented ] .

    in the womb you are special, once you slip out, your worth as a human some how goes to zero by the right. As to words for that , you on the right guess what would be appropriate for you.... would of course be censored by the great censor here.

  • LRCrookAtty
    June 22, 2018 at 4:20 p.m.

    "...Japanese American citizens..."
    No comparison. Oranges and dining room table comparison. Citizen with ILLEGAL immigrant. Cannot compare the two.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    June 22, 2018 at 5:51 p.m.

    well, you just lied. you said you had no words. then how did you get interviewed and this winny article written ?