Essay on Japanese Internment

775 Words Jul 21st, 2008 4 Pages
On February 19th 1942, Roosevelt signed the executive order 9066. Under the terms of the order, people of Japanese descent were placed in internment camps. The United States’ justification for this abominable action was that the Japanese American’s may spy for their Homeland. Over 62% of the Japanese that were held in these camps were American Citizens. The United States’ internment of the Japanese was a poor and cowardly method of ‘keeping the peace.’ The United States was not justified in stowing away Japanese Americans into almost concentration camps. This act goes against the basic Bill Of Rights granted to all American citizens, the Fifth Amendment's command that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due …show more content…
Of course, the American public was also feeling great resentment towards the Japanese-Americans during this particular time period. Congress merely intensified these feelings of hatred by passing laws such as the executive order 9066.
The Fifth Amendment's command states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. During the Japanese- American internment, the Japanese-American’s were forced from their homes and made to go into makeshift concentration camps. This is a deprivation of life, through forcing the Japanese to give up their normal routine lives for ‘national security.’ It is a deprivation of liberty because the Japanese were confined in a set space and not allowed to venture past the area. The Japanese property was also seized and confiscated which is another direct violation of the fifth commandment. The government continued to break many of its own laws in the process of ‘justice.’ But is this justice really moral?
Under Article 1, section 9 of the constitution ‘the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion, the public safety may require it.’ Habeas Corpus is the name of a legal action, or writ, through which a person can seek relief from unlawful detention of themselves or another person. Although many people may state that the bombing of Pearl…