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A new evacuation order which may affect 200,000 Pacific Coast enemy aliens and their American-
Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt, commanding general of the Fourth Army and the Western Defense Command, said a proclamation would be issued shortly designating military areas from which the exclusion of certain groups will be required.
President Roosevelt has given the Army authority to designate certain vital defense areas and exclude from them all persons, citizens and aliens alike.
Rep. John H. Tolan (D., Cal.), heading a House committee investigating national defense migration, said he had polled the governors of 15 states west of the Mississippi River on proposals to send evacuees from Pacific Coast states.
Nine replied, in effect: No Japanese wanted
However, Governor Ralph L. Carr of Colorado told General DeWitt his state would receive evacuated aliens as a contribution to the war effort, and General DeWitt telegraphed him the Armys thanks.
The final decision as to who will be excluded, from where and when are military decisions which must be based on military necessity, General DeWitt said.
He was strongly critical of those who carried unfounded rumors and so-called official statements regarding Pacific Coast evacuation.
Nevertheless, executives of the Japanese-
Only the Army knows where these evacuees will go, and General DeWitt made plain that wherever they are moved, the public must accept them.
Public clamor for evacuation from non-
Considerations of national security come first.
The appropriate agencies of the Federal Government are engaged in far-
The complete preparation will include measures designed to safeguard as far as possible property and property rights, to avoid the depressing effect of forced sales, and generally to minimize resulting economic dislocations.
As soon as these studies are concluded, definite designation of persons to be affected willl be made.
Rep. Tolan has asked President Roosevelt to appoint a Federal co-ordinator to have charge of evacuees problems, and possibly an alien property custodian for each of the Western states.
Replying to Colorado Governor Carrs offer to co-operate, General DeWitt said: I am hopeful that the governors of other states in this region will take a similar position, as it will be most helpful to me in solving the program [problem].