Essay On Constitutional Internment

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Constitutional Internment?
The Japanese Americans were put in internment camps, but many people today wonder if it was constitutional or not. I do not agree with the Executive Order of 9066, but the even if I did it would not be constitutional. The Executive Order of 9066 was unconstitutional because multiple amendments and procedures were not followed. Amendment 5 was not followed. Amendment 5 states that everyone gets a trial before getting put into containment. The Japanese Americans were not given a trial, therefore that is one example of the Executive order being unconstitutional. “nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of the law…” ( Littel 287) What that means is that no one can deprived of their freedom, …show more content…

No one can deny a person the equal protection of laws that everyone gets. “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.” (Littel 290) No matter what race, age, or color of a person, they would all get the same protection, even a non citizen. Amendment 4 is another example of why Executive Order 9066 is unconstitutional. It states that anyone can decline a search or seizure of their home. The Japanese Americans were not given that option, they were not asked if they wanted to leave, they were seized. The Japanese Americans were not asked if their houses could be searched, they just went ahead and did what they were told. Anyone can decline the searching of their home if there is no evidence that the person may be guilty of hiding something. These three amendments are part of the reason why the Executive Order of 9066 was unconstitutional. The Japanese Americans did not even bomb Pearl Harbor, the Japanese did. For every action there is a reaction, the bombing was the action, putting the Japanese Americans in internment camps was the reaction. All of the Japanese Americans who were forced into the internment camps were done a great injustice. That was a learning experience, now, today we can prevent those harsh, wrong, unconstitutional mistakes from being made

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