Sarah Reyes, former member of the California Assembly, took to social media to urge Valley residents to speak out against the policy, pointing out the region's immigrant community and also its past ties to internment camps.
"Then, they called Japanese citizens the enemy. They said they were going to destroy America. Fast forward to today, you hear the same rhetoric coming out of the administration about these undocumented residents," she said. "I don't think it's a stretch to compare... My greatest fear is that we have orphaned hundreds, if not thousands of children, and that is unforgivable."
Amparo Cid, a Fresno attorney focusing on social justice issues, has been visiting middle and high schools teaching about the Japanese internment camps in Fresno since Trump was elected.
"This is a part of American history," she said. "If more people had spoken up when Japanese Americans were being dehumanized, some of those horrors could have been avoided."