Actor George Takei Calls Migrant Treatment a ‘Grotesque Low’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 25: Derek Mio, George Takei and JR Hawbaker of The Terror: Infamy speak during the AMC segment of the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — George Takei says U.S. migrant detention policies reached depths beyond what Japanese-Americans faced during their World War II internment.

Takei, interned as a child, said his family and others were kept together when they were sent to American camps.

In contrast, the Star Trek actor said, some immigrant babies and children were separated and moved great distances from their parents.

The Los Angeles-born Takei called it inhumane and a “grotesque low.”

Takei, who stars in a new horror-drama series set in a Japanese-American internment camp, made his comments to a TV critics’ meeting Thursday.

He said he hopes the show, AMC’s The Terror: Infamy, debuting Aug. 12, inspires people to fight injustice in America and elsewhere, including in China with its reeducation camps for Uighur Muslims.


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