First batch of migrant kids arrive at former Japanese internment camp site

Posted on May 2, 2021 12:18 am

First batch of migrant kids arrive at former Japanese internment camp site

Staff Report

 

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of migrant children arrived this weekend at the Los Angeles Fairgrounds, where thousands of Japanese Americans were confined in World War II.

The unaccompanied minors, aged 7 to 14, reached the location at about 6 p.m on Saturday.

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They will remain there until their families are found or they are assigned to U.S. sponsors, officials said.

On Friday, nearby Pomona residents took to the streets to protest the Biden administration move to send them there. Dozens marched through the city, rattling cages and chanting:

“Freedom. Let us free. No more kids in cages. Abolish ICE.”

Thousands will be confined

Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chair, announced Friday that the first group of children from border detention facilities would arrive at the fairgrounds, also known as the Pomona Fairplex, on Saturday.

Eventually, the number will reach 2,500.

The Biden administration had contacted communities throughout the nation to find space for undocumented children being sheltered in crowded border camps.

The mega-facility in the Pomona is one of several in Southern California to serve in that capacity.

In 1942, months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the detention of Japanese Americans, fearing they would be loyal to the emperor of Japan.

An eerie historic reminder

The Pomona location was selected as one of the camps. A California Historic Landmark plaque near Fairplex, at around 1099 West McKinley Avenue, Pomona, commemorates the event.

Opened in May 1942, the detention camp had 309 barracks, 8 mess halls, and 36 shower and latrine facilities.

It reached a peak population of more than 5,000 before it closed later in the year.

Most of the internees were transferred to another camp in Wyoming.

L.A. Supe: This is everyone’s crisis

Today, the location serves as the Fairplex parking lot. In recent months, it has hosted one of L.A. County’s mega Covid-19 vaccination sites.

“Los Angeles County has a responsibility and an opportunity to care for unaccompanied minors coming to the United States,” Solis said last month.

“This is not a border crisis – but, instead, it is everyone’s crisis.”

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Arthur J. Brozowsky Jr.
Arthur J. Brozowsky Jr.
5 days ago

I think they should do what they ask and let all of the illegal alien children free in their community and just keep busing them there without any supervision.

Bob
Bob
5 days ago

How many 14 year olds have beards and speak Arabic,that you know?

PattyOfurniture
PattyOfurniture
5 days ago

Sniffy and his friends will get their pick of the adrenochrome litter…

John Steele
John Steele
6 days ago

Keep’em there for the next 3.5 years and then a 2nd Term President Trump can deport the whole batch at one time instead of sending in ICE to find them

Oscar W.
Oscar W.
6 days ago

This is true. Heard the same report last night on KNX-AM/Los Angeles. Capacity will be 2,500, and first arrivals unloaded today at Pomona Fairplex. What’s curious is: a) Harris is allowing this to happen in California, her home state, after her blistering, no-holds-barred criticism of President Trump over his handling of migrant detention centers; and b) whatever happened to “bad optics”? A migrant facility environment is “literally” (as the kids say) on an old concentration camp site! One of the only ones ever in American history! It is all very baffling and disingenuous, especially on the part of the Vice… Read more »

Last edited 6 days ago by Oscar W.
John Steele
John Steele
6 days ago
Reply to  Oscar W.

EVEN BETTER.. That concentration camp was built by .. none other than the racist FDR.. Ironic ain’t it. Another leftist democrat fraud President is using concentration camps built by another democrat and the media is dead nuts silent..