Throughout the decades, the JACL has been a beacon of light for the Japanese
In the 1930's, the JACL advocated passage of the Lea-Nye bill, which granted
citizenship to 500 World War I veterans of Asian ancestry, and took part
in the successful effort to repeal the Cable Act, which had revoked the
citizenship of American women married to aliens.
In the 1940's, the JACL initiated action to recover property losses caused
by the internment camps of World War II, and filed a legal brief with
the Supreme Court arguing against any reasonable basis for the internment.
In the 1950's, the JACL advocated for passage of the 1952 Immigration
and Naturalization Act, which allowed for citizenship for the Issei.
In the 1960's, the JACL urged the elimination of discriminatory barriers
in determining immigration quotas from Asian and Pacific nations.
In the 1970's, the JACL led the effort to urge President Gerald Ford to
rescind Executive Order 9066, the act that led to the removal and detention
of individuals of Japanese descent from the West Coast.
In the 1980's, the JACL successfully advocated for the passage of the
Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing for redress to nearly 80,000 Japanese
American World War Il internment camp survivors.
TODAY, the JACL continues its advocacy role in areas of defamation, anti-Asian
sentiment, hate crimes, and issues of public policy that affect our community.