World War II Incarceration: Feb. 1942

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President Roosevelt issues Executive Order 9066, which authorizes the military to declare “military areas” from which all people can be excluded. 

Congress passes Public Law 503 criminalizing violations of Executive Order 9066.

Coast Guard bans all “enemy aliens” from fishing in bay and coastal waters.  The order disproportionately impacts Italian immigrants.

U.S. Attorney General orders all “enemy aliens” to register at local post offices and obtain a “Certificate of Identification,” an identification booklet that must be carried at all times.  They are also forbidden to travel five miles from their homes.

The City of Los Angeles dismisses all Japanese American employees.

Government orders all Japanese Americans living on Terminal Island near the Port of Los Angeles to leave their homes with 48 hours.