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Internment Was Correct

Reader comment on item: Why the Japanese Internment Still Matters

Submitted by Tantor (United States), Jan 4, 2005 at 13:05

Most of those posters castigating internment quite clearly have their facts scrambled. About 30,000 Japanese citizens were interned in America, not 100,000. They were enemy aliens and a threat to the US if left loose. About 100,000 people with dual Japanese and US citizenship were required to leave the West Coast, which was full of transportation choke points and factories that simply could not be defended against Japanese saboteurs. The US military was intercepting radio traffic from established Japanese spy rings. There were also Japanese military officer clubs and nationalist groups who actively propagandized for Japanese aggression and collected money to support its wars of conquest in Asia.

The left has misrepresented this as a racial program rather than a program based on Japanese citizenship. People with dual Japanese-US citizenship in the interior of the US were not affected. Almost as many people holding dual citizenship with Germany and Italy were also required to leave the West Coast. Again, it was the citizenship, not the race, which was the issue.

Those who had no place to go were sent to the detainment camps, which were not prisons. They could come and go to shop in nearby towns. Five thousand kids left for college from them. You could leave if you snagged a job in the interior of the US. However, the Left has dishonestly portrayed them as racist concentration camps to promote their own slanderous campaign against America.

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