Palij was a former Nazi armed guard in German-occupied Poland who immigrated to the U.S.in 1949 and became a US citizen in 1957, after lying about being a Nazi. To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij.
Although Germany has put several aged former Nazi guards on trial in recent years for crimes committed during the Holocaust, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said it was unlikely Palij would be prosecuted. Jakiw Palij is accused of taking part in Nazi atrocities that led to the death of 6,000 prisoners at a forced-labor camp in Poland.
"On Nov. 3, 1943, some 6,000 Jewish men, women and children incarcerated at Trawniki were shot to death in one of the largest single massacres of the Holocaust".
Commenting on the sting, a White House spokesman said: 'By serving as an armed guard at the Trawniki Labor Camp and preventing the escape of Jewish prisoners during his Nazi service, Palij played an indispensable role in ensuring that the Trawniki Jewish victims met their horrific fate at the hands of the Nazis'.
In 2003, a federal judge revoked Palij's U.S. citizenship for lying in his immigration process. The Trump administration, however, made it a top priority.
The Palij case has been the subject of complex legal and diplomatic negotiations between the U.S. and German governments for decades.
He told immigration officials that he worked during the war in a woodshop and farm in Nazi-occupied Poland; at another farm in Germany; and finally in a German upholstery factory.
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ABC News video showed federal agents carrying Palij out of his Queens apartment on a stretcher sometime during the day Monday. Palij, who lived in Queens in New York City, was investigated and denaturalized more than a decade ago.
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Palij, who was born in what was then Poland and is now Ukraine, admitted to federal officials in 2001 that he was trained as a Nazi guard in spring 1943, the Justice Department said.
Sessions credited the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, formerly the Office of Special Investigations, for successfully helping remove Palij from the United States.
Justice Department officials said Tuesday that Palij was the 68th person kicked out of the country for being a Nazi.
Republicans on Tuesday swiftly sought to turn the overnight deportation of an alleged Nazi collaborator from USA soil into a rallying cry for Immigration and Customs Enforcement - the agency that physically removed him - and a political cudgel against Democrats who've questioned its mission.
Its most notorious camp guard was John Demjanjuk, who was convicted by a German court of being an accessory to 28,000 murders at Sobibor.
Palij told The New York Times in 2003 that he was "never a collaborator", claiming instead that his role was to guard bridges and rivers.
Palij also said in 2003: "Let them come and get me". 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. "He's a war criminal and did not deserve to live in the US", Senator Chuck Schumer said today.
"Now that ICE has literally removed a Nazi from her backyard, where does Ocasio-Cortez stand?" the RNC asked in a statement.