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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleWatsonville Register-Pajaronian. Feb. 12, 1945. p. 3


A resolution asking the state legislature for a four-point program affecting California Japanese has been adopted here by the board of grand officers of the Native Sons of the Golden West. Outlined by the committee on Japanese legislation, headed by Walter H. Odemar, Los Angeles attorney, the program asks that the legislature pass the following laws:

1- To prohibit persons of Japanese ancestry from fishing in California coastal waters.

2- To "put teeth into the Alien Land act," which at present allows ownership of land by Japanese-American citizens. The committee favors revision of the law to prohibit a Japanese born parent from using his money to buy land for an American born child.

3- To empower the attorney general and the various district attorneys of the state to enforce rigidly the escheat provisions of the Alien Land act, so that land owned through subterfuge by Japanese-American citizens may be confiscated by the state.

4- Strict prohibition of Japanese language schools.

In addition to the program to be outlined to the state legislature, the board approved a resolution to ask the federal congress for a law allowing deportation of "any persons of Japanese ancestry who have by word or deed shown any disloyalty to the United States, as well as those persons who have refused to renounce their allegiance to Japan."

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