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Italy Follows Switzerland in Refusing to Take Trifa

January 31, 1983
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A Justice Department official has admitted that a second country has turned down a U.S. request for permanent residence for Rumanian Orthodox Archbishop Valarian Trifa of Grass Lake, Mich.

Kathleen Coleman, the Justice Department attorney who presented the government’s case during Trifa’s deportation hearings in Detroit, said that Italy has pined Switzerland in turning down the U.S. request to take in Trifa. Coleman said the U.S. will continue its efforts to find a foreign home for him.

Trifa voluntarily agreed to deportation last October. The U.S. had charged that he hid his ties to the fascist Rumanian Iron Guard when he entered the U.S. and when he applied for U.S. citizenship in the 1950’s. Trifa is accused of leading an Iron Guard pogrom in Bucharest in January, 1941.

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