1918 : Michigan’s German and Austrian-Born Residents Face Possible Internment or Deportation

February 17, 2023 all-day

On February 17, 1918, the U.S. Department of Justice sent instructions to “war bureaus” throughout Michigan to arrest all German aliens who had failed to register. As a result, many of Michigan’s 80,000 German-born and 20,000 Austrian-born residents who had not registered with the government faced internment or deportation. This came in the wake of anti-German sentiment sweeping the nation after the declaration of World War I.

Source: Mich-Again’s Day