To win the war, the United States needed to draw upon all its resources, including its people. For several groups in American society, this need opened up opportunities that had not existed before the war. As a result of new policies preventing discrimiation, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic groups had easier times getting jobs and were able to share in some of the war-time prosperity. On the other hand, Japanese Americans suffered official discrimination during the war. As a result of prejudices and fears, the government decided to remove all "aliens" from the West Coast. Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and interned in camps in remote areas far from the coast.