It will be interesting to see how CNN and MSNBC spin this.
The Trump administration announced early on Tuesday morning that it had arrested 95-year-old Jakiw Palij — the last known Nazi collaborator living in the United States — at his home in Queens, New York, and deported him to Germany.
“President Trump commends his Administration’s comprehensive actions, especially ICE’s actions, in removing this war criminal from United States soil,” the Office of the Press Secretary said in a statement. “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 Pali,” the statement continued. “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.”
ABC News reported that “Trump told U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to make Palij’s deportation his number one priority when he got to Berlin.”
In a font larger than the rest of the press release, the White House emphasized: “Palij had lied about being a Nazi and remained in the United States for decades. Palij’s removal sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on American soil.”
Palij gained entry into the United States in 1949 and gained citizenship in 1957 after he concealed his work with the Nazis and falsely told immigration officials that he “spent World War II working on a farm and in a factory.”
The press release further states that “Palij admitted to officials at the Department of Justice that he trained in 1943 at the Nazi SS Training Camp in Trawniki, in German-occupied Poland.”
The Court documents showed that men who “trained at the SS Training Camp in Trawniki participated in executing ‘Operation Reinhard’ a code name for the Third Reich’s plan to murder Jews in Poland.”
“Palij also served as an armed guard at the adjacent Trawniki Labor Camp,” the statement continued. “On November 3, 1943, approximately 6,000 Jewish children, women, and men who were incarcerated at the adjacent Trawniki Labor Camp were shot to death in one of the single largest massacres of the Holocaust.”
Palij’s U.S. citizenship was revoked in August 2003 based on his alleged involvement in war crimes and his immigration fraud. He was ordered to be deported under the Bush administration but it never got done. Despite having eight years to remove him, the Obama administration failed to act. The Trump administration, however, made it a top priority.