Originally Posted by MAC702
But it most certainly wasn't about recognizing citizenship and the Constitution.
Every damn one of us is from foreign national heritage. This country is a "melting pot" of culture. We used to be proud of it. Well, no, actually, we only used to pretend to be proud of it, but we gave up even that pretense a long time ago.
We arrested and imprisoned citizens because of who their parents were, plain and simple. If you can justify that, you are a different American than I am.
While I assume you are using the plural form of "you", let me be clear I have never said it is right or justified. Apparently the Supreme Court said it was legal. Also based on what I read, the children of the interned were no required to go to the camps, they were allowed to go. Likely there was no good alternative for them to go, and they probably did not want to be separated from their parents.
If this source is good, it appears that there was some due process.
The following statements are taken from a Department of Justice press release dated October 30, 1943. As of October 7, 2005 the complete press release may be read at pages 34 through 36 at Custodial Detention Part 2 of 3
"In all instances, aliens are taken before the Hearing Boards who make recommendations to the Attorney General in each case. He then determines whether the alien enemy is to be interred, paroled, or released".
I do not believe that the seizure and confiscation of anyone's property is appropriate without complete due process through the Judicial Branch; and that includes the IRS seizures that still occur without due process through the Judicial Branch.
It is possible that some aliens were protected be being in the camps. Not saying it makes it good. The US could easily just have deported all aliens under the law. The US citizens are an entirely different proposition. If suspect they should have been charged, and maybe held without bail. Then tried and let the chips fall where they may.
If there were uninvolved children citizens, allowing them to stay in the camps may have been a more humane solution than putting them in an orphanage until their parents got out.