Around this time, ant form of nativism wasn't extreme or prominent. Immigrants continued to pour into America and there were people who still protested ti this. It isn't until the start of the war that it returned. When America and Japan were at war with each other, people became weary of the Japanese-Americans living in the U.S. Many feared of their possible betrayal to the U.S. and the citizens within. People speculated that the Japanese were going ti have more loyalty to their homelands rather than America. The fears of spies spiked until hatred and suspicion spread throughout. Asian racism turned bad when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Nativist groups tried to pressure Congress into moving/removing people of Japanese descent, including those who were born in America. There were constitutional and ethical objections to this so instead the U.S. Army carried out the act. On Feburary 19, 1942, FDR issued an Executive Order and began the involuntary movement of residents of Japanese descent along the West Coast.
This photo was take after Japanese Americans were forced out of their homes and gathered all that they could of their belongings. They arrived at a camp created in the Owens Valley at Manzanar, California. They were lined up and assigned sleeping arrangements. More than 800 Japanese Americans were moved into this camp. The photo was taken on March 23, 1942.
This video is a propaganda advertisinig the removal of Japanese-Americans in the U.S.