Japanese Internment

When the United States entered World War II, following the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Japanese immigrants and their descendants, including those born in the United States, and therefore citizens by birth, were placed in a very awkward situation.The immigrants were resident aliens in the United States, a country at war with their country of birth. (612, Bizzell)
Amongst the hysteria following the U.S. entry into World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. This order authorized the War Department to prescribe military areas from which any group of people could be excluded.This served as the legal basis for the evacuation and internment of the evacuation and internment of over 110,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans from the West Coast.Most were forced to sell their homes and businesses and suffered huge losses, including schooling and careers that were completely disrupted.
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are two things that were stripped from the Japanese Americans during the internment.The American Heritage Dictionary defines Civil Rights as; Rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship especially, the rights to due process, equal protection of the laws and freedom from discrimination. And Civil Liberties as fundamental individual rights such as freedom of speech, religion protected by legal guarantee. Denial of due process to Japanese Americans was the central civil rights violation in their experience with internment. Due process refers to a course of legal proceedings carried out regularly and in accordance with established rules and principles.As stated in the fourteenth amendment "no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law". (683, Bizzell) Japanese Americans were deprived of their liberty and property by the State when forced from their jobs, homes, and communities…


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