Pros And Cons Of Issei And Nisei

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1. Should Issei and Nisei have both been relocated during World War II? What arguments were made in favor of relocation and against relocation?
Issei, first-generation Japanese immigrants in the America, would give birth to their children within the United States, giving them automatic citizenship. This new generation of Japanese-Americans would be given the name “Nisei”, as society would question their loyalty, while being racially and legally discriminated against, by their community and government.
In favor of relocation:
Forced to relocate into internment camps, Japanese-Americans were feared and considered the enemy. With anti-Japanese prejudice existing for years (prior to WWII), the military actions of Japan, erupted the hostility
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The government would ask Nisei men to serve in the military, yet their families would be confined and treated as prisoners. Others felt that having them live normal lives within their community, would actually help the war effort. They would be able to contribute their labor, raise crops and continue working in manufacturing plants, when America needed it the most.
My opinion:
I wish I could say that I would have been against the internment camps, but had I lived during that time frame, I probably would have agreed with society’s fear of Japanese-Americans. Currently working in an assisted living facility, I spoke with many of my residents about this subject. Although they are somewhat ashamed of their actions made by the government, they reminded me that they all had anxiety and concern about immanent invasion of the Imperial Japanese Army attacking the west coast of the United States.
2. Did Roosevelt make the right or wrong decision with Executive Order
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Roosevelt would issue Executive Order 9066, giving the United States government power to imprison anyone considered a threat to the safety and America’s national security. Although Italian and German-Americans fell under this Executive Order, the largest population affected, would be Japanese-Americans. With quick enforcement, without trial or justification, Japanese-Americans would be singled out, simply because of their race. America’s hatred of the Japanese and anger over the attack in Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941), would demonize over 110,000 Japanese-Americans, to include men, women and

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