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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Sentinel-News, Morning Edition. April 25, 1943. p. 1


Santa Cruz county supervisors Friday afternoon went on record as deploring the action of the war department in accepting men of Japanese descent in the army.

"It's opening the gates to the next war," declared Supervisor C. B. Lewis of Watsonville.

The board adopted a set of resolutions previously adopted by the supervisors of San Benito county, but added their own expression that they "deplored" accepting Japanese-descent soldiers.

The resolution has six points, all regreting recent announcements that 38,000 Japanese "shall be incorporated in the army, and that federal authorities contemplate releasing 25,000 to 40,000 Japanese from re-location camps.

"That's the biggest mistake the government has ever made," declared Lewis.

Here are six points of the resolution as passed by the supervisors:

1. Following Pearl Harbor Japanese were moved from the coast to permit them to return would again submit us to danger of sabotage and the difficulty of defending our shoreline.
2. Due to the temper of U.S. citizens since Pearl Harbor, release may prove detrimental to the best interests of Japanese.
3. If they return, cooperation of American agricultural workers could not be expected if they have to associate with Japanese.
4. To allow young Japanese to leave re-location camps to resume their education would be unjust to American youths now fighting for their country.
5. It is the opinion of the board that Japanese should be contributing to the war effort but it feels that it should be in areas removed from the Pacific coast and then under U.S. Army supervision, the resolution concluded: "be it further resolved that the Japanese, both alien and native born should be retained in re-location camps for the duration of the war unless they are placed under direct army control and supervision and engaged in the war effort."

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