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Japanese American internment , the forced relocation by the U. War Department suspected that Japanese Americans might act as saboteurs or espionage agents, despite a lack of hard evidence to support that view. Some political leaders recommended rounding up Japanese Americans, particularly those living along the West Coast, and placing them in detention centres inland. A power struggle erupted between the U. Department of Justice , which opposed moving innocent civilians, and the War Department , which favoured detention.
The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of between , and ,  people of Japanese ancestry , most of whom lived on the Pacific Coast. Sixty-two percent of the internees were United States citizens. Roosevelt shortly after Imperial Japan 's attack on Pearl Harbor. The rest were Issei "first generation" immigrants born in Japan who were ineligible for U. Japanese Americans were incarcerated based on local population concentrations and regional politics.
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Permanent detention camps that held internees from March, until their closing in and Amache Granada , Colorado Opened August 24, Closed October 15, Peak population Gila River, Arizona Opened July 20, Closed November 10, Peak Population 13,