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End of Exclusion

By the end of 1942, as challenges to the constitutionality of the internment made their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the WRA announced a policy of "relocation" of Japanese American internees. By the middle of 1943, a slow trickle of Japanese Americans resettled in the East Coast and the Midwest.


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"On November 10, 1945 we were given $25 in transportation fare. We were poorly clad, dirty. I felt like part of a defeated Indian tribe."

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On December 17, 1944, the government, fearing a negative Court decision in Ex parte Endo, announced the end of the mass exclusion order against Japanese Americans.

The Supreme Court ruled on December 18, 1944, in Ex parte Endo that the government could no longer detain loyal citizens (as represented by Mitsuye Endo, a young Japanese American women whose brother served in the 442nd RCT) against their will. This led to the opening of the West Coast for resettlement.

On March 20, 1946, the last of the ten major detention camps, Tule Lake, closed.




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