Crystal City Internment Camp - Wartime Incarceration

Wartime Incarceration

During World War II, the United States government created detention camps for mainly German and Japanese Americans, as well as German and Japanese Latin Americans. This was justified at the time as an "internal security" measure, but is now considered to have been "unjust and motivated by racism rather than real military necessity", as reported by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. A power conflict arose between the Department of Justice and the War Department regarding internal security and the internment of enemy aliens in the fall of 1941. A subcommittee of the two departments pushed for the U.S Army to control internment procedures during the war, but the majority of the committee thought otherwise. The Department of Justice was then granted the power to authorize internment procedures. The Justice Department, in turn, authorized the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to run and maintain certain internment camps.

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