Americans believed that Japanese American farmers on Hawaii plowed arrows in fields to show their pilots the way to military installations, but the Americans had no evidence to prove this was happening. After this accusation, most Japanese were viewed as potential enemies.
On February 19th, 1942 an executive order 9066 was enacted. The order permitted the military to declare certain areas off limits to anyone. Then General John L. Dewitt declared the whole west coast a military zone closed to anyone with Japanese ancestry. His order also called for anyone with Japanese descent to evacuate, even orphanages had to relocate Japanese babies.
In March 1942, a War Relocation Authority was created to oversee the forced removal of Japanese immigrant and Japanese citizens to internment camps. Letters were given to Japanese, “instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry.” This letter told Japanese that they had a few days to sell all of their belongings and to settle affairs.
A Japanese American veteran reported to an assembly center in his old military uniform. His silent demonstration showed his long-standing loyalty to his country, even though his country no longer trusted him. The Japanese had feelings of despair and humiliation. They felt humiliated to watch people come pick though they belongings and to offer them very little money for their belongings. The Japanese had no choice but to accept whatever price their were offered.
When they went to the internment camps, they could only take what they could carry. They had numbers pinned on their coats, this reminded me of what Hitler was doing to the Jews. They rode on trains to abandoned stables to wait for transportation to internment camps. Most of the complied quietly with their evacuation orders, but a few argued that it was against their civil rights.
I could see where the United States could be scared of the Japanese, but how does the U.S. know it wasn’t an American citizen telling Japan pilots where to go?
If it was me, I would feel betrayed. To know that you did nothing wrong, but to know that your ancestry can get you thrown into a internment camp and you are given no rights. Just think, the U.S. only put some Japanese, not all of them, into the internment camps.