In cities across the nation, plots of land have been reserved as “future internment camp” sites, with a sign out front bearing President Donald Trump’s signature.
Worried? Not so fast.
The white signs zip-tied to fences, including one at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, are not Trump-endorsed relocation and incarceration camps for targeted persons, but instead the work of L.A.-based street artist Plastic Jesus.
— Plastic Jesus (@plasticjesusart) March 6, 2017
“What I’m trying to get across is the thought that with Trump’s recent policies we’re actually possibly not that far away from some kind of detention center purely for immigrants,” Plastic Jesus told the Boston Globe on Monday. “A few months before the election it would have been completely unthinkable.”
More than 50 signs have gone up in several cities: Boston, Chicago, Detroit,Houston, Los Angeles, Miami,New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Below what appears to be the presidential seal, the sign contains Trump’s name and signature. Below that, “Executive order 9066.” To the right, a QR code that redirects to Plastic Jesus’ website when scanned.
Executive order 9066 wasn’t anything signed by Trump or any other recent administration. President Roosevelt signed the order on Feb. 19, 1942, which cleared the way for “military zones” where the secretary of war could hold Japanese-Americans, German-Americans and Italian-Americans in internment camps in the United States.
Trump, meanwhile,signed a revised travel banTuesday that excludes Iraq from its list of targeted countries, after his first executive order was blocked by the courts.The new orderwill maintaina 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations:Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.