October 24, 2014
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - Japanese-American groups and individuals are questioning plans to build a fence around the Tulelake Airport that would cut through the site of the World War II era Tule Lake internment camp.
The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports a petition from the San Francisco-based Tule Lake Committee says the proposed fence would desecrate the physical and spiritual aspects of the site.
The petition says the fence would prevent people from visiting the site to mourn their past and it would remind them of the rejection and emotional pain they experienced during the way.
During World War II, an estimated 130,000 Japanese-Americans, two-thirds of them American citizens, were sent to 10 detention centers after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.