Citizens or Enemies?
A View into the Internment of Japanese Americans in the Second World War
Dr. Mike Butt
May 5th, 2015
One of the more deplorable parts of the bright history of the United States is the legalized discrimination of the Japanese- American population of the United States that occurred following the outbreak of the Second World War. The Japanese- American population subject to this had to give up their assets, their careers, virtually everything they had and faced undisputed prejudice and racism against them in the United States. The Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes, denied rights and put into Holocaust-esque “internment camps”, just another glorified term for concentration camps. It was ironic that this should happen in a country like the United States, founded for and by people seeking freedom. The wartime internment of Japanese Americans living on the Western coast of the United States by the government of the United States put into motion by Executive Order 9066, a decision that is now reflected upon as a response to the public’s outcry concerning their paranoia. It can be argued that the ratification of Executive Order 9066 and the ensuing internment or imprisonment of the Japanese Americans can be reflected upon as an irrational act of fear that blatantly violated the fourth, fifth and the eighth Amendments of the United States of America evidenced by the unwarranted searches of Issei households, imprisonment of Japanese-Americans without any of them given a chance for a fair trial, and the deplorable sub-human living conditions in the “Internment camps”.
Firstly, one of the three main violations of the United States’ own Amendments that occurred during the Internment of Japanese Americans from 1942 to 1946 was the violation of the fourth Amendment of the United States of America that happened by unwarranted searches of Issei households. The fourth...