World War II: Japanese Internment Holly Castillo

I do not think the government should have placed Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War 2. I think that this was in a way, a "nicer" form of a concentration camp. The Japanese-Americans were forced out of their home and into 20 x 25 square foot rooms. They were about the size of a horse stall. I think that these internment camps were acts led by racism. Americans put these people in camps by how they looked. Just because one was said to have or look Japanese, they were automatically accused and forced to be sent to a camp, which I do not think is morally right.
Another reason why I don't think they should have been placed in internment camps is because there were several Japanese-Americans who were falsely accused of having something to do with what Japan had planned to do. The last video, mentioned that Japanese-Americans "declared their loyalty to America". These were innocent people being forced out of their homes. The United States made several inferences, in my opinion, when it comes to this situation. They did not look at the facts. Sure, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and caused damage to the United States, but the Japanese that lived in American declared they were loyal to their new country. They were not the ones who took part in the bombing.
Lastly, I think that the United States should not have placed the Japanese-Americans in internment camps because I think Americans used Pearl Harbor as an excuse to put the Japanese-Americans in internment camps. The first video states, "Many whites feared that they would lose their jobs due to new immigrants." I think that Americans would have eventually put Japanese-Americans in some type of camp or send them back. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the American were already keeping a close eye on the Japanese by passing the Gentleman's Agreement in 1907, which limited that amount of Japanese immigrants that came to the United States. 17 years later, the US passed the Immigration Act which completely stopped the influx of any Japanese-Americans into the US.
A pro in this situation would be that the United States did ensure some protection. This did not guarantee protection because we were at war, but it prevented any other damages that could have been done if a Japanese-American was a spy and was trying to communicate with it's country and share what the Americans next step was going to be.


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