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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. May 27, 1944. p. 6


(From San Francisco Chronicle)

Dillon Myer, director of the War Relocation authority, says Japanese-American evacuees from the west coast should be permitted to return to their homes as soon as the military situation warrants. We believe Director Myer is an idealist without a sense of the practicalities and in this case is dead wrong.

The military situation might now warrant the return of every Japanese clothes cleaner to his former west coast establishment and every Japanese strawberry farmer to his west coast strawberry patch. But this is only half of it, the theoretical half. The other half is the social situation, the practical half.

These people should be returned to their homes when both military situation and the social situation warrant. That will not be before the Japanese war is over. While west coast boys are fighting the Japanese, the west coast, socially, is no place for anyone of Japanese origin. There would be nothing but trouble. While we may lament the fact, we have to recognize it as a practical fact that hotheads would show Myer where his gentle theories get off.

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