Should the government have placed Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast in internment camps?
-I believe that the United States should not have sent Japanese Americans to internment camps because I think it was not right of the United States to take away the rights of American Citizens like they did with the Japanese Internment camps. I don't think the benefits outweighed the negatives.
- With rumors of spies and the possibility of Japanese Americans to retaliate against the U.S. This caused fear throughout the United States.
Spies- Internment camps would help prevent spies from giving information to Japan about the United States.
Retaliation- Many believed that Japanese Americans might be still loyal to Japan even though they are citizens. This would help prevent the possibility of retaliation and tension with Japanese Americans and the United States.
Sources: Document 1
- Many Japanese Americans ended up being sent to these internment camps were U.S. born citizens. Many of which english was the first language for them, but still weren’t trusted.
14th Amendment- The 14th Amendment was ignored and Japanese Americans who were U.S. citizens through birth had their rights taken from them.
Poor Living Conditions- With internment camps the U.S. had poor living conditions in internment camps and were not good standards. Because of this Japanese Americans died in the camps.
Less Support- Many Japanese Americans had made up most of the fishing and agriculture on the West Coast. Because of the camps this meant less production of fish and agriculture, which meant less food for the war effort.
Sources: Document 2, Document 4