Interned or Imprisoned

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Interned or Imprisoned Freedom is guaranteed to all American citizens regardless of race or descent. This belief was carried by all Japanese Americans before the news of their immediate relocation to internment camps. Japanese faith in American freedom began in the 1880s when many Japanese immigrants planned come to the United States to find work, raise money, and return to their homeland of Japan. Once they arrived, many never returned home and lived on the West Coast of the United States successfully farming, fishing, and running their own businesses. Japanese immigrants were called Issei, and second-generation Japanese Americans were called Nisei. When Japanese and American tensions rose before the start of WWII, some government officials viewed the Japanese on the West Coast as a threat to the United States security. The government created lists to sort Japanese Americans depending on their risk and disloyalty. On December 7, 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, high-risk Japanese Americans were immediately questioned and kept in government camps. Months later Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to Executive Order 9066, which allowed the military to move or hold anyone living on the West Coast of the United States. Shortly after all Americans of Japanese descent, regardless of risk, were ordered to live in government internment facilities. In charge of the relocation was the War Relocation Board, which conducted the interment in two stages: short-term centers relatively
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