Star Trek actor George Takei warned that the “level of cruelty and evil” carried out by the Trump administration has fallen to a “grotesque low” because of separations of adults from children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Speaking with The Huffington Post about his latest television show The Terror: Infamy,which dramatizes the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, Takei compared their experiences to that of illegal immigrants in America today.
“[Trump] is trying to say that he’s doing this in the name of America… We will not allow that,” he said. “We will not allow this to get the stamp of Americanism. This is a warped, ignorant and cruel evil form of Americanism that’s happening there.”
The 82-year-old actor spent many of his early years incarcerated in concentration camps across America after Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the detention of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry following Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.