George Takei told the entertainment website Contactmusic.com that he sympathized with the young Central American children experiencing the American border patrol prisons, because it echoed his own experiences while in the Japanese internment camps during World War II.
More than 57,000 youngsters have attempted to gain access to America this year and many of them are children that are under the age of 12, trying to escape the gang violence back home. According to Contact Music, Takei said he could appreciate what they’re going through, because they remind him of what he went through when he was five.
“They come from a terrifying place already. I mean Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world — kids being killed by gangsters. They are not immigrants, they are asylum seekers for their lives. They can’t be treated like immigrants.”
And hearing many of them are entering the U.S. behind bars reminds him of Takei of own time in prison camps when he was five.
“We were ordered out of our two-bedroom home here in Los Angeles… We were in the living room looking out the front window and I saw two American soldiers with bayoneted rifles come marching up our driveway; they stomped up the front porch and banged on the front door.
My father answered it and literally at gunpoint they ordered us out.”
Japanese Americans were interned in ‘War Relocation Camps’ throughout the United States in 1942, shortly after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Takei adds:
“(It’s a) dark chapter of American history… (We) were summarily rounded up with no charges, no trial, no due process… and put in barbed wire prison camps, just because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.
We were behind those barbed wire fences for the duration of the war. There were 10 camps altogether, all in the most desolate places, hellish places. There were two on the blistering desert of Arizona… and we were sent to the swamps of Arkansas.”
Takei is no stranger to sympathizing with the oppressed; he vociferously condemned Hobby Lobby shortly after the ruling and eviscerated their hypocrisy, blasted Arizona with threats of a boycott, and slammed Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws. As a voice for the oppressed, there couldn’t be a better spokesman.