Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Crimes Against Latin American Japanese in WWII
During WWII, the US directed an illegal, secret scheme of collecting hostages to exchange for US prisoners held by the Axis nations (Japan, Germany and Italy). The US state department rounded 2,264 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry from 13 Latin American countries, brought them to the US and imprisoned them in INS detention camps. 900 were deported to a war torn Japan. 250 fought to stay in the US and another 100 were allowed to return to Latin America. Their stories go untold. Concepts like Guantanamo, illegal capture and detention, forced deportation...are not new to the US in recent history. Wake up Americans! Don't let them do this to us again! For more information, go here.