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Alien enemies-IDs, German personal statement
(1942)

[Letter from Roger N. Baldwin, American Civil Liberties Union, to John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, demanding the release of the thirteen naturalized American citizens that have been interned],   p. [17]


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REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
AMERISA CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
0                                 170 Fifth Avenue
0                            New York City, N. Y.
Y
July 2, 1942.
Hon. John J. McCloy
Assigtant Secretary of War
War Department
Washington, D. 0.
Dear Mr. McCloy:
We are appreciative of your telegram stating
that "there are some Jap deportees from Hawaii still
in this country but they are being moved from Camp
McCoy."
We do not understand your reference to Jap
deportees. We did not know of Japanese-Americans
so held. Our communications have been with
naturalized Americans of Italianeand German extrac-
tion.
If there are American citizens from Hawaii of
whatever ancestry hold by the military authorities
in this country, obviously they should be either
released or returned to Hawaii. Will you be good
enough to let us know whether the men to whom you
refer are American citizens, and whether they are
being returned to Hawaii or sent elsewhere in this
country?
As you know, we are exceedingly reluctant to
resort to the courts to correct any irregularity which
we feel the War Department itself should handle without
intervention by private citizens. but you will under-
stand our obligations are such that we must act through
the courts if any American citizens continue to be
improperly held. We would appreciate your further
information.
Sincerely pnurs,
/a/ Arthur Garfield Hays
General Counsel
Roger I. Baldwin
Director*


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