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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. Jan. 2, 1942. p. 1


Pajaro Valley's Japanese, German and Italian nationals must turn in all firearms in their possession to police authorities before 11 p.m. Monday, and must confine their travel to the community in which they reside unless given permission to the contrary.

Atty. Gen. Francis Biddle Thursday issued an order at Washington restricting travel of axis nationals throughout the United States and ordering them to turn in all firearms before the Monday deadline.

For nearly three weeks, Watsonville police have been receiving firearms from both Japanese nationals and citizens here following the request of the Japanese association, through I. Motoki, that they voluntarily turn in their firearms and cameras to police for the duration of the war.

The axis aliens may commute to their homes, to their places of business, places of religious worship, schools, colleges, and to any federal, state or local government agency with which they are required to transact business under provisions of Biddle's order.

"All other travel by enemy aliens in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands is forbidden," said Biddle, "unless the enemy alien files with the United States attorney for his district, one week in advance of the projected trip, a statement containing the following specific information:

"Name, nationality, alien registration number, purpose of the trip, destination, date of departure and return, route to be followed, and the carrier (railroad, bus, automobile, etc.) used.

Biddle said that if the projected trip is to be more than one point, the enemy alien is required to provide in his statement similar details as to the intermediate points to be visited.

Biddle said that all United States attorneys had been instructed to prohibit travel, even under these conditions, if in their opinion "such travel is potentially dangerous to public safety."

Biddle again warned that travel by airplane is specifically prohibited to enemy aliens and that before changing residence they must notify their U. S. district attorney and the immigration and naturalization service.

The new regulations were issued under authority of the same presidential proclamation under which orders for surrender of all radio transmitters, short wave radio receivers and hand cameras was issued.

An enemy alien is any citizen of Japan, Germany or Italy.

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