Ja­panese in­tern­ment an­niver­sary marked

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

States in the U.S. West are mark­ing the 75th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of Ex­ec­u­tive Or­der 9066 by Pres­i­dent Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt that forced 120,000 Ja­panese im­mi­grants and Ja­panese Amer­i­cans into in­tern­ment camps.

Most were from Ore­gon, Cal­i­for­nia and Wash­ing­ton state. Adults and chil­dren could take with them only what they could carry and were trans­ported by bus and train, of­ten with blacked-out win­dows. They were sent, os­ten­si­bly to pre­vent sab­o­tage and spy­ing, to camps in Cal­i­for­nia, Idaho, Wy­oming, Colorado, Ari­zona and as far away as Arkansas.

Ore­gon, Cal­i­for­nia and Wash­ing­ton are not only mark­ing Sun­day’s an­niver­sary, but politi­cians and rights ac­tivists in those states say the coun­try must also learn from this chapter of its his­tory.

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