Department of Justice camps

More than 5,500 Japanese immigrants (Issei) were arrested by the FBI following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most were sent first to temporary Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention stations and then transferred to Department of Justice (DOJ) internment camps, where they waited to appear before the Alien Enemy Hearing Board. These hearings determined whether the Issei would remain in the internment camps or be "released" to the War Relocation Authority (WRA) concentration camps. After the hearings, most of the Issei were sent to U.S. Army internment camps. The U.S. Army, charged with detaining military prisoners of war (POWs), then returned the Issei internees to DOJ control. The DOJ camps also interned Italian and German nationals and Japanese Latin Americans. Most of the DOJ internment camps held only men who had been separated from their families, but three camps housed single women and families. The camps were run by the INS, part of the Department of Justice.

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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Crystal City (detention facility), Fort Lincoln (Bismarck) (detention facility), Fort Missoula (detention facility), Fort Stanton (detention facility), J. Edgar Hoover, Kenedy (detention facility), Kooskia (detention facility), Old Raton (detention facility), Santa Fe (detention facility), Seagoville (detention facility), Sites of incarceration

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Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 79 (ddr-densho-1000-135-79)
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 79 (ddr-densho-1000-135-79)
Memories of seeing father for the first time in several years at the Lordsburg internment camp, New Mexico
Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-148-28)
vh Marion Tsutakawa Kanemoto Interview Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-148-28)
Receiving censored letters from father; feeling the uncertainty of future
Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-432-29)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-432-29)
The train ride to the Santa Fe internment camp (Japanese language)

This interview was conducted in Japanese. The transcript is a translation of the original interview. This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material ...

Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-274-20)
vh Charles Oihe Hamasaki Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-274-20)
Receiving a hearing while in Bismarck

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Tom Akashi Interview Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-164-51)
vh Tom Akashi Interview Segment 51 (ddr-densho-1000-164-51)
Many years later, piecing together father's wartime experiences in a Department of Justice internment camp
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Mrs. Tatsuyo Matsuo (ddr-densho-223-79)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Mrs. Tatsuyo Matsuo (ddr-densho-223-79)
Letter thanking Henrietta Schoen for her care of Sei Fujii and telling her of his travel to Lordsburg.
Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Edna Hamamoto (ddr-densho-223-64)
doc Letter to Henrietta Schoen from Edna Hamamoto (ddr-densho-223-64)
A letter thanking Henrietta Schoen for her care of Edna Hamamoto's father during his stay in Sante Fe.
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1013-7-27)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1013-7-27)
Being sent to the Santa Fe Department of Justice internment camp
Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1013-7-30)
vh Norman I. Hirose Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1013-7-30)
Security in a Department of Justice camp: "Santa Fe felt more like a prisoner of war camp"
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