Deportation Legislation Pending

Sen. Richard Stone (D.Fla.) will submit legislation in the near future to enable the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to deport individuals when there is substantial evidence that they committed war crimes under the Nazis, his office said today.

The Stone bill would add such criminals to those who can be deported. A similar measure has been introduced in the House by Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D.NY) and has been endorsed by INS Commissioner Lionel Castillo. The INS is investigating 109 cases involving Nazi war crimes.

Since the expiration of the Displaced Persons Act of 1953, “immigrants are no longer questioned” about their activities during World War II, according to a statement from Stone’s office. “The Carter Administration has shown a determination to seek out Nazi war criminals who have tried to conceal atrocities they committed,” Stone said. “Congressional action is needed if INS is to follow through on these cases and bring the individuals to trial in Europe.”

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