Justice for All Except Persons of Japanese Descent Essay

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Justice for All Except Persons of Japanese Descent

America… Land of the free and home of the brave. Land of the free… Land of the free… Funny that the land of the free would steal away the lives of 119,000 individuals simply because they looked different. Nothing like good old irony to bring a country together. During the late 1800's, there was a large rise in the immigration of Japanese to the U.S, much to the dismay of many American citizens. The Japanese have long been discriminated against in the U.S. People have thought they are sly, treacherous, cruel… In other words, they were strangers. People, as a whole, fear the unknown. Individuals of Asiatic descent have been so singled out for so long
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That seems a little far-fetched. Now that I've got your attention, let's take this from the beginning.
Japan enters the war. Almost immediately, the U.S. government's Federal Bureau of Investigations gets to work, looking for any suspicious individuals of Japanese heritage who could possibly mean sabotage. Thought to be a threat because they were so close to the enemy and they could communicate, Japanese on the West Coast were already seen as suspicious.
7 and 8 December, 1941 - Presidential proclamations were sent out, dealing with the control of and subsequent action against any aliens suspected of hostile intent or of action against national security. These proclamations were sent out the day of the bombing -- the same day. 10 December, 1941 - A report was made by a Treasury Agent to the Army authorities that, "an estimated 20,000 Japanese in the San Francisco metropolitan area were ready for organized action." How could the bombing of Pearl Harbor possibly have had any effect on Executive Order 9066 when there were already orders out to discriminate?
26 December, 1941 - In a phone conversation between Major General Allen Gullion, the War Department's Provost Marshall General, and General John L. DeWitt, Commander of Western Defense Command, DeWitt says:
"If we go ahead and arrest the 93,000 Japanese native born and foreign born, we are going to have an awful job on our hands and we are liable to