The Caddo Herald
December 24, 1920
Another Good Reason to Stop Immigration
Representative Kahn of California, in the course of his remarks in the House on the Japanese question, said Professor Yoshi Saburo Kuno, assistant professor of oriental languages at the University of California, translated the following instruction or orders from the Japanese government to Japanese in or coming to this country:
“All Japanese in the United States, including native sons and daughters, being from the standpoint of Japan, her subjects, are obliged to report births, marriages and deaths, besides movements of the family, to the Japanese Government.”
This order does not hint at espionage on this Government, but is close kin to it. As the Japanese government demands not only loyalty of the Jap who comes over here, but also his unborn children, it cannot be a safe proposition to have such people with us.
For many years before the World War- 1900- the State Department knew that the German Empire did not recognize any German born person as a citizen of this or any other government, whether he took out naturalization papers or not. Thus a spying propaganda system was permitted to exist that in our time of trouble was annoying, dangerous, cost us many lives and loss of much property before we were drawn into the vortex of war. But the German Government did not go so far as to claim- as known- the loyalty of an unborn generation.
One way to help out of this Japanese muddle is for a while at least to restrict- or shut off- all immigration. This will enable us to adjust our labor troubles, stabilize business, discuss and settle international problems, look after commercial interests, Merchant Marine extension, educational and agricultural affairs, (and) internal improvements.
And while we are trying to get back to normal conditions we don’t need the espionage of Japan or any other nation.
If you want to do a little further research on how the “Japanese question” was later handled you might want to read about Manzanar, one of the ten camps where 110,000 Japanese Americans, most of whom were legal citizens, were incarcerated during WWII.