Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Census Bureau and Japanese Internment-- Part 5: The Bureau's Role


In 1988, President Reagan signed legislation issuing a formal apology for the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans.  Former internees also received $20,000 in reparations for property seized during the roundups.

The mass incarceration of them, the majority of whom were American citizens is now considered a major stain on American history.

The Census Bureau obviously had a part in this roundup.  They came under scrutiny again after 9/11 when the bureau gave information to the Department of Homeland Security about neighborhoods that had large percentages of Arab-American populations.

--GreGen

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