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That is a question that can only be answered as a personal opinion rather than a definitive response. IMO, it was indeed wrong as the vast majority of the internees were American citizens who were guilty of absolutely nothing. They were also forced to forfeit their businesses and land holdings, albeit later a pathetic show of reparation was made by the U.S. government. Many of the internees later renounced their American citizenship in protest. There were other nationalities interred as well such as German and Italian, but not in the same large number. Canada also had internment camps established in British Columbia for persons of Japanese origin.

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