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"Enemy alien" classification

List of regulations specifying conduct to be observed by "alien enemies"

Matahichi Iseri, considered a "dangerous enemy alien," was arrested on Dec. 7, 1941, and imprisoned in the Department of Justice internment camp at Fort Missoula, Montana. During the war, enemy aliens were not allowed to own contraband articles such as weapons, signal devices, and cameras. They were required to carry ...
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Alien's leave permit

In April 1943, Matahichi Iseri and his family were granted permits to leave the Tule Lake concentration camp to go to Weiser, Idaho, as part of the seasonal work leave program. Because he was an Issei, Matahichi Iseri had to apply for a special permit.
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Letter regarding parole conditions

This letter informed Matahichi Iseri that under the conditions of his parole, he was barred from returning to the West Coast.
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Notice of classification

Yoshito Frank Kitamoto was an Issei and therefore considered an "enemy alien." He was required to carry this classification card along with his registration certificate. By law, Issei were not allowed to become naturalized citizens until 1952.
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Plans For Evacuating Aliens Told (February 23, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 23, 1942, pp. 1, 4
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Arrest, searches, and seizures

Man stacking confiscated radios

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans were ordered by government officials to surrender their cameras and radios, ostensibly to prevent their use in treasonable activities. It is important to note that there are no documented cases of Japanese Americans taking part in such activities.
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Aliens Deprived of Maps, Photos (January 6, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, January 6, 1942, p. 2
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Martial Law On West Coast is Foreseen (February 11, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 11, 1942, p. 2
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4 Japanese Seized Near Dam; Explosives Found (February 8, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 8, 1942, p. 13
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Jap Uniforms Seized in Raid (February 17, 1942)

The Seattle Daily Times, February 17, 1942, p. 4
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