The slightly unconstitutional treatment being given citizens of Japanese ancestry has finally reached the American Civil Liberties Union, my agents report, but from a source which caused Director Ernest Besig to fall out of his chair in a dead faint the Filipino Community of San Francisco, Inc., Miguel Ignacio, secretary.
Until that moment it had
never occurred to Besig or anybody else much that there might be Japanese
women living with Filipino husbands in this combat zone. Well, Ignacio knows
of four Filipino-Japanese familes right here
These women, according to
Ignacio, are no longer Japanese in the sight of Hirohito or any sub-
Happily, Besig was not asked to bring a habeas corpus action on behalf of these women who are not Japanese and not quite American. For my men have it on high authority that the question whether evacuees are entitled to habeas corpus is one about which everybody will be more cheerful if it doesnt come up.
What the Filipino Community of San Francisco, Inc., is asking is a small but separate location for Japanese wives of Filipino men. Thats something Besig can suggest to authorities without getting his head in a sling clear down to the heels.
The San Francisco News
April 18, 1942
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