The Japanese Internment Of The United States During Wwii With Recent European Union Process

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Human race tend to hold fear towards people who are foreign or unfamiliar to them. This sense of xenophobia is prevalent across world history, often characterized by implementation of racialized discriminatory immigration practices. In this essay, I am going to compare and contrast the history of the Japanese internment in the United States during WWII with recent European Union processes.
In 1942, President Roosevelt executed an enforced relocation of Japanese citizens and immigrants, which lasted for four years. It was officially declared as an authorized evacuation of all “enemy aliens” from designated areas within US including entire West Coast. These so-called, “enemy aliens” included Germans, Italians, and Japanese; however, the order was enforced only against Japanese-origin people: “within 6 months, federal government ordered arrest of 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, which 70,000 of them were US citizens by birth” (). Furthermore, the internees consisted of “30 University of California faculty and research assistants, and 400 undergraduate students” (). These internment camps were dispersed throughout the rural areas of the country: “California, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho” (). It was difficult for the Americans to escape a conviction that their plight is due more to racial discrimination, economic motivations, and wartime prejudices than to any real necessity from the military point of view for evacuation from the West Coast: “Japanese immigrant is far…

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