Chu Amendment to Border Bill Would Prevent Kids from Being Held at Fort Sill

Rep. Judy Chu spoke to MSNBC after touring detention facilities in Texas with other members of Congress.

WASHINGTON — Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) on June 26 introduced an amendment to H.R. 3401, the supplemental border appropriations bill, that would prohibit any funds made available by the bill from being used to operate Fort Sill, a former Japanese American internment camp, as a detention center for minor children.

This amendment is a response to the Trump Administration’s plans to relocate about 1,400 migrant children to the fort. Chu issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump should not be detaining children. Period. This is a policy he has implemented by choice, under the cruel assumption that abusing children already here will deter future immigrants from coming at all.

“Now, he is trying to take his cruelty one step further by bringing back relics of one of the most shameful periods in our history: the imprisonment of innocent Japanese Americans during WWII. Japanese Americans understand the costs of xenophobia. And so it is particularly painful for those who have endured this prejudice to once again see this facility used to deprive innocent individuals of their basic human rights.

“Donald Trump should not receive one single dollar to be used for placing immigr