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Battle Cry Against Obama’s Criminal Abuse of Children in Concentration Camps

To all the warriors out there battling against President Obama’s criminal abuse of children in detention camps in Dilley, Karnes, and Berks, a glimpse at an awesome lawyer, Wayne Collins, who aggressively fought against the illegal detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The following is an excerpt from the book titled, “Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II” written by Richard Reeves.

Wayne Collins

Wayne M. Collins, a lawyer who successfully restored citizenship 4987 Americans of Japanese ancestry

“Among other things, ACLU founder Roger Baldwin considered Collins incompetent and something of a wild man–and so did many who knew him. Besig said his friend Collins was “like a fox terrier”, a fast-talking, angry Irishman who came to cases as if he had a shotgun ready to blast in any direction. Man of his shots were at the Japanese American Citizens League, which he considered a partner in the evacuation.”

I detest them. They’re nothing but a bunch of jackals…The JACL pretended to be the spokesman for all Japanese Americans but they wouldn’t stand up for their people. They led their people like a bunch of goddamned doves to the concentration camps…I still feel biter about the evacuation. It was the foulest goddamned crime the United States has ever committed against a wonderful people.

“Whatever his skills and however deep his rage, the passionate and persevering Collins was already trying to represent the American Japanese behind the stockade fence at Tule Lake, the prison within a prison at Tule Lake. He was demanding to see the segregation camp and to get inside the stockade. Hoping to keep the attorney away, Best offered to come to Collins’s office in San Francisco with other WRA officials. Collins greeted them by saying he would file a writ of habeas corpus for all four hundred prisoners if the stockade was not immediately shut down. Three days later, he drove to Tule Lake. There was no sign of the barbed-wire and plywood enclosure. The stockade was gone.”

“Conditions at Tule Lake were dismal at best and, at the time, renunciations of U.S. citizenship, forced or voluntary, seemed irreversible. Despite opposition from ACLU headquarters in New York and Los Angeles, Wayne Collins, the driven San Francisco attorney, eventually represented more than five thousand Japanese Americans incarcerated in the Justice Department prisons and WRA camps–including the hopeless people who had given up their American citizenship. Even in the ensuing decades, Collins’s style and accomplishments made an impression in a 1985 issue of the Pacific Historical Review, John Christgau wrote on Collins in a piece aptly titled ‘Collins versus the World: The Fight to Restore Citizenship to Japanese American Renunciants of World War II.’

‘These renunciants whom I represent,’ Collins argued in a letter to the attorney general’s office in Washington, ‘have submitted to gross indignities and suffered greater loss of rights and liberties than any other group of persons during the entire history of the nation, all without good cause or reason. They have been misunderstood, slandered, abused, and long have been held up to public shame and contempt…and now these internees, faces with the loss of citizenship rights, are confronted with a threatened involuntary deportation to Japan.’

In court, he argues, ‘Herr Hitler was guilty of abusing segments of [his] own citizenry for racial reasons. We are inured, however, to like abuse of our own citizens by our own government.'”

“Collins, it happened, was arguing before the Ninth Circuit Cour tin San Francisco that the Renunciation Act of 1944 was unconstitutional. He won that case in 1955. Kiyota got his passport back and spent thirty years teaching religious studies at the University of Wisconsin. ‘I am,’ Professor Kiyota wrote of Collins in 1997, ‘one of the many beneficiaries of the man’s dedication to the American ideal.'”




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