NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of War, and the Military Commanders whom he may from time to time designate, whenever he or any designated Commander deems such action necessary or desirable, to prescribe military areas in such places and of such extent as he or the appropriate Military Commander may determine, from which any or all persons may be excluded, and with respect to which, the right of any to enter, remain in, or leave shall be subject to whatever restrictions the Secretary of War or the appropriate Military Commander may impose in his discretion...



The White House

February 19, 1942

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, The White House. Executive Order 9066. Washington, D.C. February 19, 1942. As quoted from Conrat, Richard and Maisie. Executive Order 9066: the Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans, by Maisie & Richard Conrat, California Historical Society, California, 1992.

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