95-year-old war criminal sent back to Germany to face trial
A Nazi war criminal, who lied his way through US immigration to escape prosecution in Germany for his crimes, has finally been deported back his native country by President Trump after past administrations failed to act.
The 95-year-old Schutzstaffel guard was removed from a home in Queens, New York by ICE agents on Monday.
Jakiw Palij served as an armed guard in a Nazi death camp in Poland before fleeing to the United States under a false identity.
Palij admitted to his horrific past in 2001 and was ordered to be deported by a judge in 2004.
Despite the order for deportation, Palij was allowed to remain in the US until now after past administrations failed to act.
According to the Washington Post, authorities took away Palij’s U.S. citizenship in 2003, and the former Nazi guard lost an appeals process two years later, but administrative challenges dragged on until now because it was unclear to which country Palij should be deported.
All three European countries involved in the case — Germany, Ukraine, and Poland — refused to accept Palij.
U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell indicated in a briefing call on Tuesday that President Trump had taken a personal interest in Palij’s case.
“I don’t know how he learned of the case, but it was very clear that he knew this individual as a Nazi guard and wanted him out of the United States,” Grenell said.
The ambassador said he brought the issue up in a number of recent meeting with German officials.
“The president asked me to do this … they could tell we were making it a priority.”
“(The Germans) saw this as a moral obligation that they had, not so much a legal obligation,” said Grenell, referring to Palij not being a German citizen.
In Germany, Palij will be one of two dozen Nazi suspects whose cases are now under investigation by the country’s dedicated Nazi crimes agency, based in the city of Ludwigsburg or have already been transferred to local prosecutors.
For many years a Nazi forced labor camp guard had been living in NY – a terrible injustice. Past Administrations failed to deport him. Today, @realDonaldTrump got the job done! ICE has removed this despicable Nazi from our great country. https://t.co/yBaboYK5N5
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) August 21, 2018
Breitbart reports: ABC News filmed agents deporting 95-year-old Jakiw Palij on a stretcher after Justice Department officials revealed that he served as an armed guard at a death camp in Poland before lying to immigrate to America. He is now headed to trial in Germany.
“For many years a Nazi forced labor camp guard had been living in NY – a terrible injustice. Past Administrations failed to deport him,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter.
“Today, Donald Trump got the job done! ICE has removed this despicable Nazi from our great country.”
“Jakiw Palij lied about his Nazi past to immigrate to this country and then fraudulently become an American citizen,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“He had no right to citizenship or to even be in this country.”
According to the Justice Department, Palij immigrated to America in 1957, lying to immigration officials that he spent the war working on his father’s farm.
He admitted in 2001, that he was trained in the SS Training Camp in Trawniki, in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Although a judge ordered Palij deported in 2004, he remained in the United States until today.