Essay on Japanese American Internment Camps

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Was the internment of Japanese Americans a compulsory act of justice or was it an unwarranted, redundant act of tyranny which breached upon the rights of Japanese Americans? During World War II thousands of Japanese Americans were told by government officials that they had twenty-four hours to pack their things, get rid of any belongings of theirs, and to sell their businesses away for less than retail value. Although many people thought the Japanese American internment was needed to ensure U.S. security during the war against Japan, these relocation centers were unnecessary violations of Japanese Americans’ rights. These concentration camps are unconstitutional because they infringed upon the Japanese Americans’ first, seventh, and eighth …show more content…
They enforced security and warned others of the spoils of war.
Although Japanese American internment camps provided a safe harbor for Americans in knowing that the U.S. government was safe from sabotage, it was an unjustified infringement upon the rights of Japanese Americans. The first amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech” (The Bill of Rights). These Japanese had no say when they were being taken away to these camps. This euphemistically termed “evacuation” was “a time of chaos and trauma for Japanese Americans” (Japanese American Internment). Firstly, Japanese families had “scant time” to dispose of homes, businesses, pets, and belongings (Japanese American Internment). Men, women, and children were rushed onto trains with no knowledge of what was going on, and transported to concentration camps in Santa Anita Racetrack, “only on the first day” (The Internment of Japanese Americans). These Japanese Americans never gave their consent to be transported to these camps. If they tried to escape or defied their orders, they were jailed, or for some, even worse. The conditions in them were atrocious; some families were housed in "horse stalls at racetracks" and "cattle pens at fairgrounds" (Japanese American Incarceration). The U.S. government "set a curfew for the Japanese" Americans: stating that "persons of Japanese…