1942 November 22

Council for Democracy Calls for End to WW II Restrictions on Aliens


The Council for Democracy, a centrist human rights advocacy group, on this day wrote to Attorney General Francis Biddle asking him to lift restrictions, such as curfews and travel limits, on loyal aliens. Thirty-nine prominent figures signed the letter, which specifically cited three groups of aliens who should be freed of restrictions: aliens whose citizenship had been revoked by their home countries that were Axis enemies; aliens who had been cleared by the military for confidential war work; and aliens who had been cleared by enemy alien hearing boards. The letter was a rare public protest in defense of the rights of aliens during World War II.

On the tragedy of the evacuation and internment of the Japanese-Americans during World War II, go to February 19, 1942. On the less well-known restrictions on Italian-Americans during the war, go to October 18, 1942, November 7, 2000.

Read: Greg Robinson, By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (2001)

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