The Personal Reason George Takei Wants You To Stand Up For U.S. Muslims

January 11, 2017
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Before actor George Takei was on Star Trek or a meme, he and his family were detained in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, something he will never forget.

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the idea of instituting a Muslim registry and barring certain Muslim immigrants from coming to the U.S., and a former spokesperson for a PAC that supported him said the Japanese camps could serve as legal "precedent" for the suggested registry.

After hearing that news, Takei started a Care2 petition to "Stand Up for Muslims in the U.S.," garnering more than 600,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.

When I was just 5, my family was rounded up at gunpoint and forced from our home in Los Angeles into an internment camp. We were prisoners in our own country, held within barbed wire compounds, armed guards pointing guns down at us. It was an egregious violation of our rights under the U.S. Constitution, all in the name of "security."

-Mike Draup

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