Wartime Paranoi Illegal Internment Essay

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Wartime Paranoia: Illegal Internment in America
For those in the internment camps in the U.S. in the years 1942-1945, one can conclude that the actions taken were illegal and immoral, despite being seen as necessary causes. One can fairly reason the detainment of these citizens violated their 5th and 14th amendments. Beyond this, these actions were so blatantly discriminatory that they are hard to justify, even in wartime. Furthermore, almost all of the Japanese Americans put into interment camps were law-abiding citizens in the U.S. and had no relations to war-time enemies. The US government likely knew that not all persons were involved in criminal activity or war-time acts but still acted hastily out of fear without consideration for others. Even once the people interned were free, there were no immediate reparations and discrimination continued. Further, discrimination has continued against Asian American populaces today, demonstrating the failure to garner lessons from the act itself.
Some have put forth that America already had a deep-seeded hatred toward the Japanese, particularly on the west coast. Indeed, the populace clamored for action by the government to take care of the “Japanese problem.” As a result of which, the government made a mistake it probably otherwise would not have made. One can imagine the pressure that would be felt by the government and military when their country was bombed and thousands of soldiers are killed. On the morning of December…

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