Japanese Americans Into Internment Camps

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“A day that will live in infamy” or more widely known as Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7th, 1941. The Japanese had attacked the American military base at Pearl Harbor, which is near Oahu. “The Japanese managed to destroy nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight enormous battleships, and more than 300 airplanes. More than 2,000 Americans soldiers and sailors died in the attack, and another 1,000 were wounded.” This caused the US to enter WWII, as well as caused a fear on the West coast of the US because of the dense population of Japanese Americans that are found there. The status regarding Japanese-Americans was changed rapidly after this event and they were thought to want to cause harm to the US because we declared war against the axis powers, which included Japan for revenge for Pearl Harbor. Approximately 2 months after Pearl Harbor was bombed, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which caused the relocation of these Japanese Americans into internment camps around the US located in places such as California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arkansas. In my opinion, The internment of the Japanese-Americans in camps was unconstitutional and immoral because you could not prove the “threatening” intentions that these Japanese people had towards the US. We can’t read peoples minds, so these reasons for imprisonment were all assumptions and had no evidence to back them up. Of the 120,000 that were imprisoned, 60% of that population were
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