City Resolution Commemorates Anniversary of Opening of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

City Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, Nancy Oda of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition, and Councilmember David Ryu in April at the dedication of city signs marking the former location of Tuna Canyon in Tujunga. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and David Ryu have introduced the following resolution to mark the anniversary of the opening of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station. A date for a council vote will be set soon.


Whereas, the United States government had concerns about internal security during the 1930s and up to the outbreak of World War II … These concerns lead to the creation of lists by various government agencies of German, Italian, and Japanese aliens who might be arrested at the outbreak of war with Axis nations, the best known of these lists being the custodial detention lists of the FBI and Special Defense Unit … Such lists were not compiled in a careful manner and consisted mostly of innocent immigrant community, business, and religious leaders …

On Dec. 7, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamations 2525, 2526, and 2526, authorizing the arrest and imprisonment, without trial, of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants … Under the authority of the presidential proclamations, the FBI and other government agencies arrested thousands of German, Italian, and Japanese aliens using their custodial detention lists and othe