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Although it made no specific mention of ancestry or nation of origin, Executive Order 9066 paved the way for the mass removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during World War II.
Under Executive Order 9066, anyone of Japanese American ancestry, whether a U.S. citizen or not, was removed to one of 10 camps constructed around the Western and Southern United States.
After Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, people were incarcerated in inadequate and dehumanizing camps.
Roughly 122,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated for much of the U.S. involvement in WWII.
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