The Justice Department said a federal judge stripped Palij of his citizenship in 2003 "based on his wartime activities and postwar immigration fraud" and he was ordered deported a year later to Poland, Germany or Ukraine. Looking frail with missing front teeth visible through his white beard, the only noise he made was a pained howl as agents hoisted him from his wheelchair onto the ambulance stretcher.
"Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij", the statement added.
Palij's deportation is the first for a Nazi war crimes suspect since Germany agreed in 2009 to take John Demjanjuk, a retired OH autoworker who was accused of serving as a Nazi guard. To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij.
"Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij's deportation to Germany and advanced the United States' collaborative efforts with a key European ally", the statement read.More news: Claudio Bravo ruptures Achilles tendon at Manchester City training
"During a single nightmarish day in November 1943, all of the more than 6,000 prisoners of the Nazi camp that Jakiw Palij had guarded were systematically butchered", Eli Rosenbaum, then director of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, said at the time.
President Trump tasked U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to ensure Palij's deportation was on the top of his list when he arrived to Berlin, according to the outlet. He arrived in the United States in 1949, and was granted citizenship in 1957.
In court filings, Palij has denied wrongdoing, claiming that he and other young men in his Polish hometown were coerced into working for the Nazi occupiers.
A federal judge revoked his USA citizenship in 2003 and he was ordered deported in 2004.
Palij has been taken to a home for the elderly in Germany, Reuters reports. But the order was not carried out for years, in large part because no other country agreed to take him.More news: 2 'baaaaad' goats loose on Brooklyn subway tracks have been safely removed
Jakiw Palij, 95, had lived Queens in the United States.
USA officials say his deportation had always been stymied by Germany's reluctance to take him in. In addition to Karkoc, there are nearly certainly others in the US who have either not yet been identified or investigated by authorities. But no European country would accept him, according to reports by CNN and NY magazine.
Pajil, who is Ukranian-born, had been living in the Jackson Heights, Queens neighborhood for 13 years. "Past Administrations failed to deport him", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders wrote on Twitter.
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"I'm glad this man is finally being sent back. United States administrators, senators, congressmen, and representatives of the Jewish communities in the U.S. emphasize that people who served the criminal NS regime should not spend the twilight of their lives in the country of their choice, the USA". "He doesn't deserve to die in the USA, a place of freedom and equality where we respect each other's differences".