Japanese WWII internees seek redress
2,200 seized in Latin America, held in TexasMarch 11, 1997
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Latin Americans of Japanese ancestry who were seized and interned in Texas during World War II appealed to President Clinton Tuesday for an apology and financial compensation.
During the war, about 2,200 people who were citizens of several South and Central American countries, or Japanese citizens living in Latin America, were taken to a detention camp in Crystal City, Texas. They were to be used to exchange for Americans held in Asia by the Japanese.
A 1988 law provided an apology and payments to Japanese Americans interned during the war. But the Latin American internees could not avail themselves of that law because it only applied to U.S. citizens or legal residents.
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