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Was the Japanese-American internment justified?

Asked by: Gaerteuth
  • If Mexico had attacked us we'd have put all the Mexicans in camps too.

    But these days sending millions of criminal over a porous border doesn't mean anything. Laws? We don't need no stinking laws. In the case of the Japanese, those were actually citizens, and undoubtedly a lot of innocent people were rounded up, but that's the sacrifice you make when you're living in America during a war against (a country that attacked US) Undoubtedly at least a few Japanese spies were rounded up in the process, and a few men can do a lot of damage to America, as we learned on 9-11.

  • The Fact of inflation

    Alot of people like to make it seam like they where paid $5 a day even though they forgot inflation making it $74 a day. Also they where like isolated city's they had culture, Shops, Community, And even gangs. It was immediately ended after the war. Overall it could have been worst but it was not.

  • It was justified; desperate times call for desperate measures

    Loyalty is valued greatly in Japanese culture. Specifically loyalty to Japan. America had plenty of foreign enemies to worry about and could not risk any kind of betrayal coming from inside the country. The internment camps were such an incredibly tiny price to pay for the freedom secured with the victory of WWII.

  • Internment camps were not fair but were justified.

    Japanese people had access to important US places. For example, Japanese were near the US naval base, shipyards and oil wells. They could easily get information and help Japan. In general, people help and support their homeland. Some spies were helping Japan, but the US wasn't sure who was innocent and who was not. It would take to much time to interview every single Japenese person to find out who was guilty. Besides, the US couldn't risk skipping over someone. The only reasonable thing to do was to have all Japanese move to isolated and carefully watched areas. Here, they would have no opportunity to contact Japan. These camps were not ideal seemed to be the temporary solution. No one deserves to have their rights stripped away from them, but during wars, horrible things happen.

  • I didn't understand at first.

    When I was younger I thought that if someone's rights were taken away due to a cause their culture or people have done was unfair and is still unfair. It took me awhile to understand why the United States did it. It was 120,000 citizens against millions of others. What they did to their own citizens was cruel but in the end no one died. They had to eliminate the threat and they did by putting them to internment camps.

  • Was it constitutional no was justified yes.

    The interment of the Japanese was not, by any means right constitutionally or by our moral standards today right. But that is one of the biggest issues, we are judging it by today's standards. I definitely wasn't at the attack on Pearl Harbor, or alive during WWII and I don't know anyone that was. But if a country were to attack the US right now and we didn't know who to trust, there would be chaos. Before the Japanese were relocated to the camps, what do you think was happening to them in their home towns. People were scared of another attack, there was a lot of hate going towards the Japanese. So moving them to camps, though not easy, probably saved more than it hurt. Another example is that when they returned home. Houses were robbed, vandalized, and sometimes worse. So getting them away from that fear, I would say helped them.
    And its not like stuck them in holes with nothing. They still had schools, jobs, food, shelter, were allow to visits other camps, and even go hiking. Some even enlisted into the armed forces and fought for their country. They had things that may have been hard to deal with yes, but they had it real easy compared to other camps around the world.
    So no it wasn't constitutional, but i would say it was justified.

  • It was completely justified

    The whole goal was to protect the people. Most people think it's better to take one mans life over thousands. It's the same deal here. Take 120,000 Japanese live away-which wasn't even bad because the camps they were in were fantastic compared to any other camps around the world; plus they got $20,000 compensation-for millions of American lives.

  • It was completely justified

    The whole goal was to protect the people. Most people think it's better to take one mans life over thousands. It's the same deal here. Take 120,000 Japanese live away-which wasn't even bad because the camps they were in were fantastic compared to any other camps around the world; plus they got $20,000 compensation-for millions of American lives.

  • The Japanese were evil

    Look how the Japanese treated the Chinese killing and raping millions of civilians. Look at the way the Japanese treat their POWs... Where soldiers are more likely to die as POWs with the Japanese than with the Nazis. I think it was absolutely justifiable, and is nothing compared to what Japan did to non combatants. The Japanese got what they deserved and as people should be ashamed of their ancestors.

  • I think it is justified

    I think the United States was protecting the country (people ) . I think that its was difficult ,but The United States was protecting itself from another attack . And I think that Japan did not think of its people who live here in the United States, so I think the action is justified, because it is better for a few years of suffering that the United States or the people who live here do not have freedom. I know God does not like it but it's the way we live

  • It clearly violates the Constitutional mandate of due process, as mentioned in the 5th amendment.

    To say that they Government has the right to detain you in a camp simply on the basis of your ethnicity, when you have not violated the rights of others, is taking our life and liberty away from us.

    This applied to all Japanese-Americans, even if they were born in the United States. That means the Government could detain American citizens on the basis of where their parents were born. That is inexcusable to the citizens of a Constitutional Republic.

  • Having your grandparents born in the incorrect country is not grounds for internment without due process.

    Even in a time of war, it's incredibly, incredibly racist to claim to have the grounds to intern people becomes they look Japanese.

    If you believe you have rights of ANY kind, you are deceived. If a nation can simply declare war and then have consummate power over it's people, then its apparent why the United States gets into wars so often.

  • It was not justified.

    Even though some people might say it was not so bad, or they were doing it for the safety of or country. They did not take into account all the money that was lost. All the companies that went out of business. & There was not enough evidence to prove anything.

  • Not at all!!!!

    1.They weren't questioned
    2. Violation of Constitution
    3. They were citizens
    4. People died at the camps as well
    5. Some of these people never saw Japan.
    6. It was also during the Jim Crow Laws
    7. (for me personally) I'm Hispanic and DACA ended.
    SO NO! THIS INTERMENT WAS NOT JUSTIFIED!

  • I didn't understand at first.

    When I was younger I thought that if someone's rights were taken away due to a cause their culture or people have done was unfair and is still unfair. It took me awhile to understand why the United States did it. It was 120,000 citizens against millions of others. What they did to their own citizens was cruel but in the end no one died. They had to eliminate the threat and they did by putting them to internment camps.

  • No no no

    People put these Japanese families behind bars all because they looked like the japanese who harmed the US. They were Americans to. Born and raised here. Would you like that if you were them??? I bet that you would not. They did nothing wrong. Some did not even see JApanese.

  • No no no

    People put these Japanese families behind bars all because they looked like the japanese who harmed the US. They were Americans to. Born and raised here. Would you like that if you were them??? I bet that you would not. They did nothing wrong. Some did not even see JApanese.

  • No no no

    People put these Japanese families behind bars all because they looked like the japanese who harmed the US. They were Americans to. Born and raised here. Would you like that if you were them??? I bet that you would not. They did nothing wrong. Some did not even see JApanese.

  • No way. They made a bad choice

    They had no right sending innocent people into these camps. People that lived in america for their entire lives forced into camps, not even camps, prisons. These camps were brutal too. The food was horrible and it was always hot. The barracks had no protection from dust storms, and it was always dirty inside the camps.

  • Complete violation of rights

    Japan was not the only enemy of the U.S. during World War 2. Germany and other European countries were also enemies of the U.S. during World War 2. Since they were our enemies too why wasn’t there German internment camps or internment camps for people who have European decent. If there was, all of the people saying that this was justified would have a different take. The Germans killed way more people and soldiers than the Japanese did. There is a difference between Japanese soldiers from Japan and 127,000 innocent Japanese Americans that are U.S. CITIZENS.


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Anonymous says2013-06-25T17:50:09.777
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