Hirabayashi Vs. 906 Case Study

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The Japanese Americans of the early twentieth century faced hardships in the United States from racial tensions; Americans from European-descent grew angry from the success of Japanese laborers, farmers and businessmen. This widespread hatred for the Japanese was supported with articles from newspapers and the popular radio shows of the time. Prior to entering World War II, the US government developed a list of threatening resident aliens with ties to the Axis powers. With the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, US citizens suffered from war hysteria and pushed for greater control over the possible terrorists that were their neighbors. The Executive Order No. 9066; Supreme Court cases Hirabayashi v. United States, Yasui v. United States, Korematsu v. United States; the relocation policies; quality and conditions of the internment camps all convey the anti-Japanese sentiments during WWII US. In fear of the potential threat the Japanese Americans posed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the “Executive Order No. 9066”, granting …show more content…
In 1943, supreme court ruling for Hirabayashi v. United States concluded that while racial discrimination was contrary to the legal system, targeting people of Japanese Descent was necessary for the protection of the US. The ruling further defended Executive Order No. 9066 by stating that the allocation of power from congress to the military authority was constitutional. In a similar case where the plaintiff dismissed curfew, Minoru Yasui v. United States, Yasui was convicted in the lower courts of breaking curfew and was vulnerable to this ruling since he was a non-citizen. Yasui in fact was a citizen but was perceived otherwise due to his past status as Japanese consulate. The Supreme Court did convict Yasui on the grounds that the curfew was constitutional, but stated that citizenship did not exclude people from the

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