The Impact Of Japanese Immigrants In America

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Japanese immigrants and the following generations had to endure discrimination, racism, and prejudice from white Americans. Two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, the President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the United States government to forcibly removed thousands of Japanese-American citizens who lived on the West Coast. They would relocate them to concentration camps in remote parts of Arizona, California, Idaho, and other states in the West because of an unfair reason from white Americans due to fear and ignorance. The relocation of Japanese-Americans into internment camps was one of the most flagrant violations of civil liberties in American history. Approximately, 130,000 Japanese immigrants were relocated to these interment camps, lost their businesses, forced to give up their homes and assets in addition to their freedom. Most of the population were long-standing immigrants (Issei) who arrived before 1924 or American-born children of immigrants (Nisei) who were solid members of the community and loyal to their country. The reasons for immigration to the "land of opportunity" called America in the early years of this country are explicit. America was seen as a place where an individual could start over with an equal chance of success or failure, provided jobs requiring arduous labor and it did not matter what country that person came from. However, this was not the same for many of the Japanese immigrants. One of the many challenges that Japanese
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