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Who would believe that in the land of the free and the home of the brave that the government would imprison 120000 of its own citizens against their will and for having committed no crime what so ever One might say that the United States government has never and never would send its own citizens into internment camps against their will Well one would be wrong The United States government has indeed done this Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 President Franklin D Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which gave the military the express consent of the President to violate the constitutional rights of thousands of American citizens The order allowed among other things the segregation of Japanese Americans from certain areas as well as the imprisonment of 120000 US citizens and legal aliens of Japanese heritage living in the United States One third of those imprisoned were legitimate US citizens These Japanese Americans many of whom were women and children were imprisoned as long as 4 years without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom Simply locked up and forgotten about in these internment camps throughout the nation These Japanese Americans were given little or no time to prepare for this injustice and allowed only to bring minimal luggage Farmers were forced to leave their farms behind shopkeepers were forced to leave their stores and professionals were forced to leave their jobs People US citizens were completely uprooted from their lives with no say in the matter For these people life would never ever be the same Never as good as it had been and all for what While these were not death camps they were by no means the Holiday Inn There was inadequate food medical supplies and beds Conditions were in no way acceptable Many Japanese Americans died in these camps If not from malnutrition or disease maybe from a broken heart courtesy of the
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