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More than 300 of the internees refused to be drafted into the military until their constitutional rights as citizens were restored. The resisters did not object to the draft, in itself, but hoped that by defying the conscription orders they would clarify their citizenship status. If they were to share in the rights and duties of citizens, why did the government forcibly incarcerate them and their families? If their loyalty was in question, why were they being drafted?

Their protest had little effect: the resisters were convicted of draft evasion and served two to three years in federal prisons. Over forty of the resisters were sent to the Federal Honor Camp in leg irons and handcuffs, under armed guard.

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