Talk to elderly Issei or Nisei, and they invariably refer to their experience in “camp.” Which camp were you in? Did you go to camp? Where did you go after camp?
“Camp” wasn’t an idyllic, rustic cabin on a lake somewhere. It was a concentration camp in some g-d forsaken place. They lived in tarpaper shacks or horse stalls under armed guard.
“Camp” meant “concentration camp.” They knew what it was. The government knew it too. Even President Roosevelt called them concentration camps.
But now they are “internment centers” or “relocation centers.” They were for the protection of Americans of Japanese descent. The “non-aliens.”
They weren’t detention centers and they weren’t prisoners and they weren’t concentrations camps. They were free to leave at any time. They were internees and they were being relocated. For their own protection.