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An elderly man attempted to flee and was shot and killed.

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Roosevelt signed Executive Order The landmark cases were Hirabayashi v. Only 1, internees chose to do so. Visit Website On December 7, , just hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the FBI rounded-up 1, Japanese community and religious leaders, arresting them without evidence and freezing their assets. The Secretary of War is hereby authorized to provide for residents of any such area who are excluded therefrom, such transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary in the judgement of the Secretary of War or said Military Commander At that time, nearly , people of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of them American citizens, were living in California, Washington, and Oregon. United States The overwhelming majority of the witnesses supported the removal of all Japanese, alien and citizen, from the coast. Prejudice, wartime hysteria, and politics all contributed to this decision. Several centers had agricultural processing plants.

However, public opinion with a few vocal dissenters was in favor of relocating all Japanese Americans, citizen and alien alike, but opposed to any mass evacuation of German or Italian aliens, much less second generation Germans or Italians.

Persons who became troublesome were sent to a special camp at Tule Lake, California, where dissidents were housed.

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In , nearly two dozen years after the camps were closed, the government began reparations to Japanese Americans for property they had lost. Two relocation centers in Arizona were located on Indian reservations, despite the protests of tribal councils, who were overruled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Both laws were based on the presumption that Asians were aliens ineligible for citizenship, which in turn stemmed from a narrow interpretation of the naturalization statute. On February 23 a Japanese submarine shelled the California coast. Biddle pleaded with the president that mass evacuation of citizens was not required, preferring smaller, more targeted security measures. Click on the Tule and Topaz icons for stunning images of the bleak conditions endured by these people, many of whom were American citizens. He decided that he would not register or be evacuated, "I am an American citizen," he explained. In the end fewer than 1, out of a population of , were confined and eventually removed to the mainland. Eventually the government allowed internees to leave the concentration camps if they enlisted in the U. Many of these families had been in the camps for over two years. Gordon Hirabayashi, a student at the University of Washington, also deliberately violated the curfew for Japanese Americans and disregarded the evacuation orders, claiming that the government was violating the 5th amendment by restricting the freedom of innocent Japanese Americans.

However, several thousand Japanese Americans voluntarily did try to relocate themselves. A few were vocally opposed to evacuation and later sought ways to prevent it, some with court cases that eventually reached the Supreme Court.

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One day after Roosevelt made his announcement, the Supreme Court revealed its decision. Navy had begun the removal of Japanese Americans from near the Port of Los Angeles: on February 14,the Navy announced that all persons of Japanese ancestry had to leave Terminal Island by March Whereas many Issei retained their Japanese character and cultureNisei generally acted and thought of themselves as thoroughly American.

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This comprehensive, illustrated website doesn't neglect the facts, but its strength is in telling the human stories through such features as school, play, cycle of life, and letters to teachers and classmates back home. Other Groups in the Camps While Japanese-Americans comprised the overwhelming majority of those in the camps, thousands of Americans of German, Italian, and other European descent were also forced to relocate there. A power struggle erupted between the U. Inland state citizens were not keen for new Japanese residents, and they were met with racist resistance. Students will understand the effects that the bombing of Pearl Harbor had on America and American society. However, several thousand Japanese Americans voluntarily did try to relocate themselves. The following night the "Battle of Los Angeles" took place. Many of these families had been in the camps for over two years. But cultivation on arid soil was quite a challenge.

A recent novel, The Climate of the Country by Marnie Mueller Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press,is based on the author's experience of living with her father, a Caucasian, who was interned as a conscientious objector.

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A Brief History of Japanese American Relocation During World War II (U.S. National Park Service)