Finally, ICE finds someone they won't deport.

He confessed to being a concentration-camp guard and was stripped of his citizenship. But the U.S. government still won't kick him out of the country.

During the first three months of ICE's 2018 fiscal year, the agency deported 56,710 people, 46 percent of whom had not been convicted of a crime. This year, ICE expects to deport 209,000 people. It is highly unlikely that Palij will be among them -- even though Palij is a war criminal, the last Nazi war criminal living in the United States.

Palij served as a guard during World War II at the Trawniki forced labor camp, which also trained those participating in "Operation Reinhard," a plan to exterminate every Jew in German-occupied Poland. He entered the country in 1949 without divulging his past and was later awarded citizenship, of which he was stripped by a federal judge in 2004 and ordered deported. [...]

"[Germany has] done a pretty good job the last few years in pursuing individuals for Nazi atrocities who were found in Germany," said Drimmer. "What they have not done a good job of is taking guys like Jakiw Palij, who were found outside of Germany, but are every bit as culpable, if not more culpable, than the individuals found inside Germany's borders." [...]

According to ICE statistics, 8,275 people with deportation orders remained in the U.S. between 2012 and 2015 because no other country would take them; the agency says it "does not have the authority to force removals upon a sovereign nation". An ICE spokesperson said nine countries are currently classified as "uncooperative": Burma; Eritrea; Cambodia; Hong Kong; China; Laos; Cuba; Iran; and Vietnam. Germany, Ukraine, and Poland are not on the list.

ICE declined to comment and said to speak to the State Department, which also declined to comment.

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3 Responses:

  1. Nightbird says:

    Why ask Germany to take him? Trawniki was in German-occupied Poland, and I would like to think that the Poles would be overjoyed to have him.

    And if not the Poles, then how about the Israelis?

  2. Noway Jose says:

    The US or Israel would probably love to put him in charge of their prison systems...

  3. just b says:

    Befehl ist Befehl - if i recall correctly, the last Kaiser shat on the Geneva Convention and took a knee for all the loyal Schutzstaffel who were merely following orders.

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