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U.S. History Since 1865 October 24, 2007 Discussion Essay #5 Korematsu v. United States Korematsu v. United States (1944) After the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military was concerned that any domestic citizens of Japanese descent could pose a threat by providing aid to Japan. Without any proof of espionage, the commanding officer of the Western Defense, General DeWitt, advised all people of Japanese descent be removed from the West Coast. Congress passed the law allowing military authorities to enforce curfew, remove people from certain areas, and relocate them to new areas. Forced to sell their homes and belongings, many Japanese Americans were brought to internment camps where they lived in barracks and did not have running water or places to cook. Born on American soil of Japanese parents, Fred Korematsu was an American citizen and like every other American citizen he descended from a foreign country. In order to avoid being forced into an internment camp, Korematsu moved to another town, got facial reconstruction surgery, and claimed to be of Mexican descent. He was arrested later on the charge that he had violated the Federal order banning people of Japanese descent from the West Coast and California. In the 1944 case of Korematsu v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Korematsu’s conviction with a 6-3 majority ruling in favor of the United State supporting the
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