DETROIT, USA -- An immigration judge today ordered the deportation of a man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II.
U.S. Immigration Judge Elizabeth Hacker, sitting in Detroit, ordered John Kalymon removed to Germany, Ukraine, Poland or any country that will take him, the Executive Office for Immigration Review said. Details of Hacker’s decision weren’t available.
Kalymon’s lawyer, Elias Xenos of Birmingham, said he hadn’t seen the ruling and couldn’t comment in any detail, but said he likely will appeal. There was no immediate comment from the Justice Department.
Kalymon, 89, of Troy, a former Chrysler factory worker, was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 2007 for shooting Jews and killing at least one in the 1940s during round-ups in what is now L’viv, Ukraine. He served in the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, but denies he ever took part in such activities.
He was the last Nazi-era defendant prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Last fall, Hacker declined Xenos’ request to hold a mental competency hearing for Kalymon, who suffers from dementia and prostate cancer.
Kalymon is under no immediate threat of removal because his case could be appealed for several years.
And it’s unclear whether any country would accept him. The Ukraine and Poland haven’t accepted any Nazi-era deportations in several years, and Germany has accepted them only rarely.