Koresmatsus Case Essay

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Japanese Internment! Article two of the constitution expressed that everyone is permitted their rights and, “freedom… without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin…birth of status.” The United States has been known for standing as a nation of equality, justice, and liberty because of articles like this consisted in the constitution. Consequently, The United States has been overflowed with a range of different races from across the world. However, on February 19,1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 9066 which called for the evacuation of all persons of Japanese descent from the West Coast. This act based on ethnicity, allowed the military to avoid the constitutional protection of American citizens because it was in the name of national defense. The U.S. government coerced more than 120,000 Japanese Americans to remove themselves from their homes, businesses, schools, and, in some instances, family members due to separation throughout the relocation process. The order included all peoples of Japanese ancestry ben if they were american born citizens. However Fred Koresmatsu denied going to the government’s confinement camps and questioned Congress’s and the military’s authority to relocate and detain them which led to his appeal in the Supreme court where many in the jury expressed their opinions of either agreeing or disagreeing with the following detainment of Koresmatsu. ! Annais Bhalla! ! Hist 102! ! Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 P.M! ! Paper #3! ! 4/12/15! ! ! Bhalla 1 Because Koresmatsu was a citizen that was “knowingly remaining in a designated military area in San Leandro, California”, His action violated Exclusion Order #34 and Executive Order #9066 of 1942, which had been issued to protect the West Coast from acts of

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