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Legislation Introduced to Deport Aliens Involved in Nazi War Crimes

Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D.NY) has introduced legislation to authorize the Department of Justice to deport aliens who engaged in war crimes under the Nazis. She said her bill was necessary because present U.S. Immigration laws do not bar Nazi war criminals. “Although the immigration laws exclude from the United States everyone from polygamists to marijuana users, from prostitutes to anarchists, Martin Borman could enter this country freely.” she said Friday in introducing her legislation.

Rep. Holtzman explained that under present immigration law, a person who committed war crimes under the Nazis could be deported only if he concealed those actions from immigration officials. This provision, she said, only applies to those who entered the U.S. under the Displaced Persons Act prior to 1957.