World War II Incarceration: 1950

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that although the government allowed repressive conditions at Tule Lake that contributed to the renunciations, the government must be given the opportunity to prove that specific individuals would have renounced their citizenship regardless of the intimidation and violence in the camp.  Faced with the prospect of thousands of trials, the Justice Department creates a process allowing a renunciant to file an affidavit explaining the reasons for renunciation.  If nothing in the government’s files contradicted the affidavit, the renunciant will regain citizenship.