EntertainmentGeorge Takei: US has concentration camps

21:55  20 june  2019
21:55  20 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Ocasio-Cortez defends comparing migrant detention centers to 'concentration camps'

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Some think Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went too far when she compared the detention of immigrants at the border to being put in "concentration camps" earlier this week.

But actor and activist George Takei, who was sent to a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II with his family, backed up the New York Democrat's characterization.

"I know what concentration camps are," Takei wrote on Twitter this Tuesday. "I was inside two of them, in America. And yes, we are operating such camps again."

This is not the first time Takei has spoken out against the Trump administration's immigration policies.

When news of the President's "zero-tolerance" policy -- which separated thousands of children from their parents -- first broke last year, Takei called the border situation "worse" than the circumstances in which he was placed in a Japanese-American internment camp in the 1940s.

"At least during the internment, when I was just 5 years old, I was not taken from my parents," he wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy magazine. "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."

AOC says she will 'never apologize,' blasts GOP for focus on 'concentration camps' comparison

AOC says she will 'never apologize,' blasts GOP for focus on 'concentration camps' comparison Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., refused to apologize Wednesday for labeling migrant detention centers as "concentration camps." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I will never apologize for calling these camps what they are," she tweeted response to a call by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's, R-Calif., for her to apologize. "DHS ripped 1000s of children from their parents & put them in cages w inhumane conditions," she added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez had invited controversy with a post comparing the concentration camps and current US border detentions.

"This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying," the congresswoman wrote.

The term "concentration camps" is commonly associated with Nazi death camps, and Ocasio-Cortez's comments instantly sparked a backlash.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming accused the New York Democrat of being ignorant of history and disrespecting the Jews who died during the Holocaust.

For Japanese Americans, the debate over what counts as a ‘concentration camp’ is familiar

For Japanese Americans, the debate over what counts as a ‘concentration camp’ is familiar The debate exploded this week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) insisted that migrant detention facilities along the southern border fit the bill — a position she doubled down on Wednesday night. “We are calling these camps what they are because they fit squarely in an academic consensus and definition,” she wrote on Twitter. For many critics, using the phrase today dilutes the horrors of Nazi concentration and death camps where millions of Jews were killed. Her supporters, though, argued that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t invoke Nazi Germany or genocide, and that instead she was only using bluntly correct language.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, "Hey Rep. Cheney, since you're so eager to 'educate me,' I'm curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS's mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?"

Cheney replied with a link to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel's "Night" and urged her to read the book.

Takei defended Ocasio-Cortez amid the criticism.

"It is sad that there is so much outrage vented toward @AOC and @taylorswift13 for speaking out on behalf of others, when that same energy and passion could be directed at those who made it necessary to speak out in the first place. Get your priorities right, folks," he tweeted Thursday.

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