Presidential Proclamation No. 2655 — Removal of Alien Enemies

July 14, 1945

WHEREAS it is provided by Section 21 of Title 50 of the United States Code [11 F. C. A., tit.
50, § 21] as follows: “Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any
foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion is perpetrated,
attempted, or threatened against the territory of the United States by any foreign nation or
government, and the President makes public proclamation of the event, all natives, citizens,
denizens, or subjects of the hostile nation or government, being of the age of fourteen years
and upward, who shall be within the United States and not actually naturalized, shall be
liable to be apprehended, restrained, secured, and removed as alien enemies. The President
is authorized in any such event, by his proclamation thereof, or other public act, to direct the
conduct to be observed, on the part of the United States, toward the aliens who become so
liable; the manner and degree of the restraint to which they shall be subject and in what
cases, and upon what security their residence shall be permitted, and to provide for the
removal of those who, not being permitted to reside within the United States, refuse or
neglect to depart therefrom; and to establish any other regulations which are found necessary
in the premises and for the public safety.”

WHEREAS sections 4068, 4069 and 4070 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (50 USC
22, 23, 24) make further provision relative to alien enemies;

WHEREAS, THE Congress by joint resolutions approved by the President on December 8 and
11, 1941, and June 5, 1942, declared the existence of a state of war between the United
States and the Governments of Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Rumania;

WHEREAS by Proclamation No. 2525 of December 7, 1941, Proclamation Nos. 2526 and 2527 of
December 8, 1941, Proclamation 2533 of December 29, 1941, Proclamation 2537 of January
14, 1942, and Proclamation No. 2563 of July 17, 1942, the President prescribed and
proclaimed certain regulations governing the conduct of alien enemies; and

WHEREAS I find it necessary in the interest of the national defense and public safety to
prescribe regulations additional and supplemental to such regulations;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, HARRY S TRUMAN, President of the United States of America, acting
under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the United States and
in the aforesaid sections of the Revised Statutes of the United States, do hereby prescribe and
proclaim the following regulations, additional and supplemental to the those prescribed by
the aforesaid proclamations:

All alien enemies now or hereafter interned within the continental limits of the United States
pursuant to the aforementioned proclamations of the President of the United States who shall
be deemed by the Attorney General to be dangerous to the public peace and safety of the
United States because they have adhered to the aforesaid enemy governments or to the
principals of government thereof shall be subject upon order of the Attorney General to
removal from the United States and may be required to depart therefrom in accordance with
such regulations as he may prescribe.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States
to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this 14th day of July in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred
and forty-five and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and
seventieth.

By the President:

HARRY S TRUMAN