‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese Americans Rally For Immigrant Rights

‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese Americans Rally For Immigrant Rights
A poster from the immigrant rights march held by Chicago's Japanese American and Asian American groups in 2018. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ
‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese Americans Rally For Immigrant Rights
A poster from the immigrant rights march held by Chicago's Japanese American and Asian American groups in 2018. Katherine Nagasawa / WBEZ

‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese Americans Rally For Immigrant Rights

“Never again is now.”

That’s the slogan of this year’s immigrant rights march planned by Chicago’s Japanese American and Asian American community, in protest of U.S. immigration policies today. Leaders of the march say they see parallels between the detention centers on the U.S. southern border and Japanese internment camps during World War II.

The march will be held on Saturday in front of the Chicago Cultural Center, a day before the federal government is expected to begin immigration sweeps of undocumented immigrants in 10 major U.S. cities, including Chicago.

Morning Shift checks in with local Japanese American activists about the march and the changes they hope to see in U.S. immigration policies.

GUESTS: Ryan Yokota, development and legacy center director at the Japanese American Service Committee

Lisa Doi, president of the Japanese American Citizens League Chicago Chapter