New orders were issued for the evacuation of 5100 more Japanese from Alameda, Contra Costa and Los Angeles Counties as part of the Japanese exclusion program today.
This brought the total evacuation close to the halfway mark in California.
The orders, issued by Lieut. Gen. DeWitt, head of the Western Defense Command, raised the number of Japanese moved or in the process of being moved to 35,000 for the Pacific Coast.
Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of the Japanese in San Francisco and the East Bay who are being evacuated to the Tanforan assembly center under earlier orders have already been transferred.
The evacuation was coast wide, covering zones from Alaska to Arizona. Approximately 100,000 Japanese were living in the Pacific defense zone when the exclusions began. Of these, possibly 5000 to 8000 moved out voluntarily. In addition, Japanese formed the majority of the dangerous aliens seized in the area by the FBI, a total of under 5000 on the Pacific Coast.
General DeWitt has announced the evacuations would be completed before the end of May; those affected by the new orders today were to be removed to assembly centers by noon Thursday, May 7. The announcement covered five separate civilian exclusion orders running from Order No. 27 to 31, inclusive; Orders 27-28 affect 1900 Japanese in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. The other three, 3200 in Los Angeles County.
Civilian Exclusion Order No. 27A Civil Control Station was established at 530 18th-st, Oakland, to which heads of families and individuals living alone were directed to report May 1 and 2 to make arrangements for removal to Tanforan Assembly Center by May 7. They were advised they would be permitted to use private automobiles in the evacuation.
Civilian Exclusion Order No. 28A civil control station was established at 1117 Oak-st, Oakland, for aliens to report for processing May 1 and 2 prior to removal to Tanforan by Noon May 7. Private automobiles will be permitted.
Todays orders were the second group issued this week; Tuesday General DeWitt ordered two areas in Oregon
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