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It prompted Americas entry into World War II It took citizens by surprise It grabbed President Franklin D Roosevelts concern On December 7 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor American battleships Arizona Tennessee West Virginia and California were sunk As a result over 2400 American soldiers and civilians were killed and even more injured After prior mobilization for war the action taken by the Japanese prompted Americas attention to war efforts Meanwhile President Roosevelt feared the Japanese Americans were capable of sabotage Roosevelt on February 19 1942 signed Executive Order 9066 This called for the eviction and internment of all Japanese Americans The Japanese were housed in what are known as the Japanese American Internment Camps internment camps This decision made in part by President Roosevelt would have a lasting affect on the Japanese Americans The executive order given by Roosevelt gives insight on the purpose for the relocation of the Japanese The order states that successful prosecution of war means implementing ever system necessary to protect America from espionage and sabotage of the national-defense system Executive Order 1 The fact that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor made the Japanese Americans suspect of this sabotage Roosevelt gave the Secretary of War authorization to use any and all Executive Departments Independent establishments and other Federal Agencies in his activation of this executive order Executive Order 1 The military felt that Japanese Americans would be able to help the Japanese invasion more so than any other AmericansExecutive Order 1 Authority begin to put in order organizations to assist in the relocation There were several organizations created to assist the evacuation and relocation of the Japanese The US government accepted the responsibility of reestablishing the lives of the Japanese To carry out this responsibility the President on March 18 1942 created a civilian agency known as the War Relocation Authority The job of this agency was to support the relocation of any persons who had to be moved
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