Unfinished Business

Not all victims of Executive Order 9066 have received redress. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States asked twelve Latin American countries to arrest their residents of Japanese, German, and Italian ancestry in order to “secure” the western hemisphere. More than 2,200 Latin Americans of Japanese descent were forcibly deported to camps in the United States. These Latin Americans, the majority of whom came from Peru, were not covered under the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 and are still seeking an apology and restitution.
Latin Americans of Japanese, German, and Italian ancestry leaving a temporary prison camp in the Panama Canal Zone to join relatives already incarcerated in the United States, 1942
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