‘They Separated My Dad And My Oldest Brother’ — Crystal City Camp Survivors Protest Family Separation

“When we arrived to the camp, my mother thought she was in Japan because the people that greeted us were Japanese. It turned out they were the bus drivers that took us to the Crystal City camp.”

By Norma Martinez April 18, 2019 6:54 am, , , , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

Family separation. Detainees living in uncertainty, wondering why they are being held, where they are being held, where their loved ones are, and when they will be released.

This isn’t a scene from 2018 or 2019. This is a scene from seven decades ago when Japanese citizens living in the U.S. and Japanese Americans were all told to report themselves for “relocation” during World War II.

One of those relocation camps was the Crystal City Internment Camp, about a two-hour drive southwest of San Antonio.

Former child survivors of the Crystal City camp have seen dangerous parallels between the peril facing today’s asylum seekers and what their families experienced in the 1940s.

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