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This story on the treatment of Islamic immigrants is eerily reminiscent of the early days of the Japanese-American Internment in WW2. My father's friend, Jane Okuda, was a child when it happened; I interviewed her and wrote a detailed paper on her experiences and those of her family...and this just chills me. I've been trying to ignore politics lately, but this is just downright awful.


Re: Reasons for detaining

Identification (usually through voluntary registration) is one of the first steps in the process governments can use to dehumanize a marginal group. It's similar to Japanese internment, and, also, to the Holocaust. I forget all the stages in detail since it's been over a year since I studied the Holocaust (it was both one of the most depressing and most valuable courses I've ever taken), but something like that doesn't happen overnight. It's a gradual process that goes through identification, legislation, segregration, dispossession, and so on, until the ethnic minority being so treated seems so outside the main population most of said main population will accept what's going on.
I'm not saying that's where this is going. There may very well have been valid reasons to detain some or all of them (although I'm not holding my breath). But there's enough similarity to how the ball started rolling downhill in other circumstances to be cause for alarm.