The Executive Order 9066 and Its Effects on Japanese American Victims

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Imagine being a part of a minority that was blamed for the disaster that was out of their control, and as a result were forced to leave behind everything. This was a nightmare that became a reality for the Japanese when President Franklin Roosevelt passed the Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which allowed the government authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan. Over 120,000 innocent citizens of California, Arizona, and Oregon faced unjust and unconstitutional treatments by their own government, who was supposed to protect citizen’s rights but made the Japanese feel the complete opposite. The internment camps impacted the Japanese-American citizens tremendously in the areas of finances, social status, and physiological well-being. Japanese residents of the west coast had a week’s notice to bring and grab only what they could carry to an unknown location. Other minorities started to question why the victims of the internment camps did not take refuge before the government forced the Japans out of their own homes. Although 8,000 Japanese escaped to the east coast, most of the minority stayed since it was symbolic of their loyalty to the United States and ultimately rebuild the broken trust. Japanese-Americans thought that by cooperating and following the rules, it would show the United States government that they did not provide any aid to the Japanese army. The internees started to

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