Sunday, June 23, 2019
I found myself driving through Lawton, OK twice this week. Lawton is the home of Fort Sill: a current Army base, former Japanese internment camp, and soon-to-be home of some 1,400 migrant children in detention.
Interesting fact: my very first post for Immprof was about Fort Sill, which is close to where I live in Norman, OK. It's hard to believe that was five years ago.
At the time, Fort Sill was just shutting down its operation of housing child migrants, and Oklahoma's then-governor, Mary Fallin, was worried about the state's responsibility for children released for detention and concerned that the facility might be tasked with housing migrant children again in the future. Fallin called out President Obama for sending children to Oklahoma, writing:
It is wrong for the president to ask Oklahomans to divert their attention and limited resources away from our own children, just as it is wrong for him to ask our military to play host to a large daycare facility for undocumented minors.
Wow. I still can't believe she said that.
But she was right about one thing. Children are coming back to Fort Sill.