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George Takei Says Detention Centers Worse Than His Experiences In An Internment Camp

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Mike Brest Reporter

Actor George Takei wrote an op-ed Tuesday for Foreign Policy claiming the border detention centers are worse than what he went through in a Japanese internment camp.

“At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers’ arms,” Takei wrote. “We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.”

“At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents,” he continued.

“My family was sent to a racetrack for several weeks to live in a horse stall, but at least we had each other,” the Star Trek actor stated. “At least during the internment, my parents were able to place themselves between the horror of what we were facing and my own childish understanding of our circumstances.”

This is not the first time Takei has written an op-ed comparing his experiences in internment camps to current events.

Back in 2016, he wrote an article for The Washington Post about the possibility of a national Muslim registry. “We cannot permit this invidious thinking, discredited by history at the cost of so much misery and suffering by innocents, to take root once again in America, let alone in the White House,” he wrote.