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As the Tolan congressional committee investigating alien removal from the West Coast came to San Francisco today to place its findings before Lieut. Gen. J.L. DeWitt, Western Defense Zone commander, General DeWitt announced the Army already has begun construction of a reception center for enemy aliens and American-
The reception center is being constructed on 5800 acres of land at Manzanar, in Owens Valley, acquired from the city of Los Angeles. Manzanar, midway between Independence and Lone Pine, was selected by the Army because it has adequate railway facilities, water supply and agricultural and sufficient to make the center largely self-sustaining.
Just before the members of the Tolan committee left Los Angeles, where it was holding hearings, Rep. George H. Bender (R., Ohio) announced that the committee believes Los Angeles should receive first consideration in mass evacuation of Japanese. He said:
Meanwhile, 200 representatives of 65 chapters of the
While the meeting was closed to the press, a statement of Saburo Kido, national president of the league, said the enforced evacuation of American-born Japanese from the Pacific Coast was a travesty on our good name and rights, but he pledged full co-operation to the Government.
It was learned that disunity arose at the first session between various groups, Buddhists quarreling with Christians, aliens with citizens. At one time a fight nearly broke out on the floor between two delegates.
Sacramento and Los Angeles delegates, it was learned, rejected a proposal that the Japanese-
Those delegates contended that they represented most of the Japanese anyway, that the league should play a lone hand.
Mr. Kido said he had implicit confidence that we are being asked to go into exile not because we are dangerous as potential fifth columnists or saboteurs but because of the prospects of lawlessness of certain segments of the citizenry.
The FBI meanwhile tapered off its raids on Axis aliens after arresting 105 in Northern California Saturday. Most were members of Japanese secret societies.
The Italian Mazzini Society, an anti-
The San Francisco News
March 9, 1942