Then & Now – The U.S. Apologizes
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By the end of 1945, the government began closing internment camps. Many Japanese people returned to the West Coast, but had a hard time starting over. By the time all the internees were released in 1946, the Japanese families had lost homes, savings accounts and businesses estimated to be worth $4-5 billion (in 1999 values). Many families who had been imprisoned tried to forget the experience.

But a nation shouldn't forget. In 1976 President Gerald Ford repealed Executive Order #9066, the order that allowed the internment of Japanese-Americans. Later, President Jimmy Carter set up the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. In 1983, the Commission reported that relocation was the result of war hysteria, racial prejudice, and a failure of political leadership.

Kaz Tada InterviewFinally, in 1990, President George Bush sent a signed apology to all surviving former internees. The government enclosed a check for $20,000. The government also set up the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.

Kaz Tada got a personal letter of apology from President Bush, even though he "didn't feel like we earned it or anything like that. I just tell people, 'Well, they apologized. And that was it.'"