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Mike46 says: "After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, America declared war on Japan, then all the Japanese Immigrants living in the US at the time became suspect as possible enemy combatants or people who could aid and abet the enemy (Japan) so they were all rounded up and placed in internment camps where an eye could be kept on them. "

Immigrants were only a portion of the ethnic Japanese that were targeted. Most were US citizens, and many of those were born in the US.

This is unfortunate, as the text of Executive Order 9066 did not even mention internment or any ethnic group. It can be noted that other ethnic minorities that were suspect, including Italian and German, were not only detained but also many interned.

The executive order states that military commanders may "prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded" and that provision for those that had been excluded include "transportation, food, shelter, and other accommodations as may be necessary", further explained as "furnishing of medical aid, hospitalization, food, clothing, transportation, use of land, shelter, and other supplies, equipment, utilities, facilities, and services".

It was written in such a way as to sound temporary with regard to provisions and services, as it states "until other arrangements are made" implying the implementation should be immediate and the other arrangements would be developed over time (by the various executive departments) to meet the more long term needs or possibly reparations of any excluded persons.

The way the military commanders and their other governmental partners used their authority speaks about the underlying fears and suspicion.

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Who did the Japanese internment happen to?

The Japanese

What happen to the Japanese Americana durning world war 2?

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Did people in internment camps starve?

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