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Tule Lake was one of the worst detention camps in the United States. After Pearl Harbor many Americans felt suspision towards the Japanese-American population. Many Japanese-Americans were taken from their homes, places of business, or from the streets of the West Coast directly to these internment sites.

While in these camps families would attend classes and even plant small gardens. After realizing that their civil rights were being ignored, many interns began to demonstrate and go on strike. During this time many interns also denounced their U.S. citizenship.

Soon after Tule Lake Detention Camp was segregated. On the rare occation that an internee would be granted their freedom, they would have to take a "loyalty test." This would include questions like, would they join the Armed Forces and do their loyalties lie only with the United States. If they answered no to either of these, they would remain in the camp.

All of the camps in the U.S. totaled 120,313 people. Approximately 100,000 stayed in the U.S. after the closing of these types of camps. Another 4,700 returned to live in Japan. Yearly, many former internees return to Tule Lake.