Santa Cruz County History - Executive Order 9066 and the Residents of Santa Cruz County


Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. Oct. 22, 1943. p. 1

8200 DISLOYAL JAPS NOW AT TULE LAKE; 10,000 BY JAN. 1

Washington (UP) - War Relocation Authority officials disclosed Friday that 8200 Japanese were moved early this month to a new segregation center at Tule Lake, Calif., and that by Jan. 1 there will be 10,000 more segregated at that camp.

The Japanese who have been and will be taken to the camp are those found disloyal to the United States among the 90,000 who were ousted from the Western Defense Command Area in the first year of war. Some, however, will be children and wives who choose to remain with the member of the family whose segregation is ordered.

The major move of disloyal Japanese was completed by the army Oct. 11. This also included the movement from Tule Lake of 6000 Japanese believed loyal to this country to one of the nine other camps maintained by the WRA.

Under the plan begun a year ago, the segregation of disloyal from loyal Japanese was to be completed by Oct. 20, but delay resulted because of the incompletion of housing facilities and the intensive investigation of thousands who pledged loyalty to the United States but whose pledge was suspected of being insincere.

WRA officials also disclosed that 15,000 Japanese have been permitted to leave the camps to take jobs after being cleared by intelligence agencies and an additional 7000 are out on temporary leave to fill seasonal jobs. The majority eligible for leave are reluctant to depart, however.

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