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

Full Text Newspaper ArticleSanta Cruz Sentinel-News, Evening Edition. March 24, 1942. p. 1


American-born Japanese of Santa Cruz and the county will go under strict curfew restrictions Friday under new orders of Lieut. Gen. John DeWitt, commander of the western defense command.

All aliens of Japanese, German and Italian nationality went under the ban Feb. 24, at the time of the evacuation of aliens from the county's prohibited area.

Extension of the ban, effective at 6 a.m. Friday, will prohibit American-born Japanese, adults or children, from leaving their homes between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.


Persons affected may not travel more than five miles from their homes except to settle the affairs, preparatory to the coming evacuation, at wartime civilian control offices, located in Watsonville for this area.

Under a law approved by President Roosevelt last week, violators face penalties of a $5000 fine or one year's imprisonment or both.

Under DeWitt's new proclamation, Japanese-Americans also must surrender firearms, war materials, short wave receiving and transmitting sets and other contraband. Such goods already have been collected from enemy aliens in the district.

The order, intended to facilitate enforcement of measures against sabotage and fifth column activity, applies to the entire western military zone, covering the western half of California, Oregon, and Washington, and southern Arizona.

The curfew also applies to designated restricted zones in other military areas, which include the remaining parts of those four states and Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.


The proclamation was expected to speed Japanese evacuation of strategic areas. Reception centers for evacuees have been established at Manzanar, Cal., in Owens Valley and near Blythe, Cal., in the Colorado River Valley. The war relocation authority announced plans yesterday to place 20,000 Japanese on the Colorado River Indian reservation at Parker, Arizona.

Gov. E. P. Carville of Nevada echoed the reception given the northwestern Japanese colony proposal when he announced yesterday: "If Japanese evacuees come into Nevada, they will go into concentration camps."

Carville announced he was seeking a conference with DeWitt. His statement was made after an automobile occupied by four Japanese crashed into a filling station at Minden, Nev. The Japanese went to Nevada seeking new homes in Mason Valley.

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