WATCH: ICE Arrests Last Suspected Nazi Collaborator, Wheels Him from Home to Deport Him to Germany
.@ABC EXCLUSIVE: The last Nazi collaborator deported — ABC News was there as ICE agents wheeled 95 year old Jakiw Palij from his New York home: https://t.co/OmHJYmyw5V@tarapalmeri reports. pic.twitter.com/2SDW3tzgvY
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 21, 2018
On Monday, ICE raided the home of a 95-year-old man suspected of being the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S., and deported him to Germany after placing him under arrest.
The man, Jakiw Palij, had been living in the Jackson Heights section of Queens, NY for the past 13 years — according to ABC News. In 2005, a judge revoked Palij’s citizenship and ordered that he be deported. Palij is suspected of having worked at the Treblinka death camp — at which which 6,000 prisoners were killed on a single day in 1943.
The move was ordered by President Donald Trump, and the White House commented in a statment (via ABC).
“President Trump commends his Administration’s comprehensive actions, especially ICE’s actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil,” the statement read. “Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij. 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.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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