World War II: Japanese Internment Camps By: Sabrina Pace

Japanese Internment Mess Hall
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From reading Document 1, it seems that the U.S. Army General saw a lot of pros in putting the Japanese-Americans in camps. He stated that the Japanese were an enemy race and even if the Japanese who lived in America were legitimate citizens, they would be loyal to their home country in the end. He even stated that if a Japanese-American was born and raised in the United States, they would still not turn against their ancestry and would fight for Japan, against the U.S. when necessary. Therefore, the U.S. General thought that the only way to keep America safe from its own citizens turning against it, was to put the Japanese-Americans in internment camps. However, when reading Document 4, there were some obvious cons of having the internment camps. Document 4 is the 14th Amendment of the United States, and it clearly shows that putting the Japanese-Americans in these camps was unconstitutional. It states that all Americans who were born in the U.S. or have full citizenship, should not have any rights reduced or taken away, or be treated differently by the court of law. This meaning that putting the Japanese-Americans in internment camps took their rights away as citizens even though there was no evidence that any of the people put in the camps were going to turn against the U.S. during war. I do not think the government should've placed the Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast in internement camps because it was immoral and it disenfranchised their rights as American citizens. I think that putting the Japanese-Americans in camps was unjust because they hadn't broken any laws, or done anything that even showed signs of treason. It degraded them as citizens of the U.S. and made them less of a person just because of their ethnic descent.

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