Internment camps legalized, Feb. 19, 1942
This week in 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed legislation which would lead to the wholesale evacuation and internment of thousands of Japanese and Japanese-American residents of the West Coast. A Feb. 20, 1942, article in The Yuma News of Yuma, Ariz., anticipated the outcome of the new law.
“Plans for forcible evacuation from strategic Pacific coast areas of second-generation Japanese who are American citizens will be announced in a few days, officials said today.
“Wartime restrictions on aliens have not affected such persons.
“The plans, which also would affect any other citizen deemed dangerous to national security, are being discussed in joint justice-war department conferences...”
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An article in the Feb. 24, 1942, Oakland Tribune of Oakland, Calif., reported the expulsion of Japanese, German and Italian citizens from coastal states, with one elected official calling for concentration camps. 8000 Aliens must be out by midnight
A Feb. 27, 1942, article in The Bee of Danville, Va., predicted the ‘evacuation’ of 93,000 people of Japanese ancestry to a location ‘east of the Sierra.’ Removal of all Japs from California planned