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Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County
Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. June 8, 1943. p. 1
'TEETH' PUT IN JAP ALIEN LAND LAW
Sacramento (UP) - Gov. Earl Warren Tuesday signed the Engle bill (SB140) putting more "teeth" into the Alien Land Law of 1920 designed to prevent Japanese from farming in the manner they used before the war.
The new act outlaws the practice of many alien Japanese of farming by acting as guardians of their wives and children in whom title was vested under the law governing guardianship. It prevents any agreement made in the name of the wife or children of an ineligible alien for the use or transfer of land when the alien himself is allowed thereunder to enjoy beneficial use of the land.
Any violation of the act is a felony whereas the present statutes only cover a conspiracy to violate the act. Guardians may not farm nor manage lands in a guardianship except in the exclusive use and benefit of the ward.
The measure was sponsored by the District Attorneys' association, Native Sons of the Golden West, American Legion, and Attorney General. Sen. Clair Engle, Red Bluff, was the author.
Copyrighted by the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian. Reproduced by permission.