Actor George Takei said Sunday he believes the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant families at the border represents a “new low” in American history.
Takei, who was detained with his family during World War II at Japanese-American internment camps, said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that he fears history is repeating itself.
“It is repeating itself, but it has gone to a new low with Donald Trump. When we were incarcerated, our families were intact. My parents were with me,” he said.
“But in this case, it’s come to a chilling low where babies are torn away from their mothers and placed in separate internment camps,” he added.
President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE signed an executive order last Wednesday halting the practice of family separation that occurred under his administration's "zero tolerance" policy. Trump's rare reversal came after he and administration officials, for days, said only Congress could address the issue.
The Trump administration has faced overwhelming bipartisan backlash over migrant family separations, which were a direct result of the administration's policy. Democrats and Republicans alike have called family separations “cruel” and “inhumane.”
The Department of Homeland Security said Sunday morning that it has located all of the more than 2,000 migrant children in its custody that were separated from their parents under the zero tolerance policy. The agency provided information on how parents can go about locating a separated child, but did not provide a timeline for when families might be reunited.