Japanese Americans protest proposed airport fence on site of former internment camp
TULELAKE — Efforts to build a fence around the Tule Lake Airport are stirring controversy, including heated protests from Japanese-Americans who claim it would further destroy a “sacred” site.
The airport is located on 358 acres on part of what was the 7,400-acre World War II Tule Lake Segregation Center. At its peak Tule Lake was the largest and most controversial of 10 “internment” camps. About 18,700 people of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated at the center, located near the community of Newell south of the Oregon-California border.