Roosevelt Authorizes Japanese Internment Camps

1942

Citing national security, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues two executive orders (quickly passed into law by Congress) that authorize the internment of people of Japanese descent, including many U.S. citizens. One order designates “military areas” across eight states from the Canadian to the Mexican borders in which they are not allowed to live. The other order authorizes their relocation to internment camps. More than 120,000 people are forced to give up their homes and businesses and move to the camps.