Japanese Internment Camps Justified Essay

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The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII was not justified. After Pearl Harbor, many Americans were scared of the Japanese Americans because they could sabotage the U.S. military. To try and solve the fear President Franklin D Roosevelt told the army in Executive order 9066 to relocate all Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. They were relocated to detention centers in the desert. Many of them were in the detention centers for three years.

The camps that the Nisei’s were sent to were not pleasant for them. The camps had no air conditioning, heating, water, or plumbing. They were built quickly therefore not sturdy or clean. They were located in deserts and sand would get through the holes overnight. The Nisei’s at the camp did not have good food because they were eating what the army ate and it was not what they were used to
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Their civil rights were violated because they took away everything that they had and they were an American citizens. Even though they were born in the U.S. they were still put into camps as American citizens. Even though this violated their civil rights they still did what they were told because most of the were truly American citizens. “The internment of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II sparked constitutional and political debate” (national archives).

When they were sent to the camps many Nisei’s had lost their homes, their pets, some even lost family, and businesses. Many of them lost their families when they were put in their camps because some of their family would go to different camps than other. People had to sell their businesses quickly or have someone take care of it so they could make some money before they had to leave. People had to give up their pets because they did not allow pets in the camps. They could only take what they could carry. “Families left behind homes, businesses, pets, land, and most of their belongings.”
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