Authorities arrested and deported to Germany a man they believe is the last known Nazi collaborator in the United States, federal officials said Tuesday.
Immigrant-rights groups have drawn attention to emotional deportation cases as well as the thousands of children who were separated from their parents after they illegally crossed the US southern border.
Justice Department officials say Palij served as an armed guard at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where he was born, and later lied to American immigration officials about his role in Holocaust atrocities when he immigrated to the U.S. in 1949. "On November 3, 1943, approximately 6,000 Jewish children, women, and men who were incarcerated at the adjacent Trawniki Labor Camp were shot to death in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust". ICE deports Nazi who was supposed to be deported in 2004, but neither George W. Bush nor Barack Hussein Obama had been able to convince Germany to accept him back.
The judge ruled that people like Palij had been "an essential component in the machinery of annihilation" at the camp and that "by guarding the prisoners held under inhumane conditions at Trawniki, Jakiw Palij prevented their escape and directly contributed to their eventual slaughter at the hands of the Nazis".
The White House said this sends a strong message that the USA will not tolerate those who commit human rights abuses.
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Palij reportedly lied on his 1959 immigration application; claiming he spent the war working on a farm.
In addition, German prosecutors have previously said it does not appear there is enough evidence to charge Palij with war crimes.
Palij's case represents the closing of an era - until now he was the only remaining active case from the Nazi era pursued by the Justice Department's Office of Human Rights and Special Prosecutions.
Palij's citizenship was stripped in 2003 for "participation in acts against Jewish civilians".
He was sent back to Germany this week from his home in NY after prior administrations failed to follow through on the 2004 deportation order. In 2005, a judge revoked Palij's citizenship and ordered that he be deported.
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Palij admitted to Department of Justice officials in 2003 that he trained at a Nazi camp in German-occupied Poland.
While the order was issued the following day, Germany, Poland and Ukraine had refused to take him, due to the "stateless" status resulting from Palij's place of origin.
"President Trump commends his Administration's comprehensive actions, especially ICE's actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil", the White House statement said.
The US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who has clashed repeatedly with Berlin officials over policy differences since his arrival in May, welcomed Palij's arrival and thanked German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas for his efforts. High-ranking Nazi officers were often only charged with lesser offenses because their direct responsibility for the killing of one or more individuals could not be proved based on the narrow German jurisdiction.
A German court sentenced him to five years in prison in 2011.
"Good riddance to this war criminal", Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said.
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