At least 10 suspected Nazi war criminals who were ordered to leave the United States never left the country, and four are still living here, according to the Justice Department.
Data reviewed by The Associated Press also revealed that the war criminals were eligible for public benefits such as Social Security until they used up their appeals, Fox News reports
The reason they never left the United States is because no other country wanted them. That still is the case for Vladas Zajanckauskas, who lives in Sutton, Mass.; Theodor Szehinskyj in West Chester, Penn.; Jakiw Palij in New York City; and John Kalymon in Troy, Mich.
The United States has the right to deport suspected war criminals if there is evidence of their involvement in the alleged crime. However, they can't be tried here since the crimes did not take place on American soil.
Thirty-four years ago, when the Justice Department created an office to find and deport those suspected in Nazi crimes, there were 137 people against whom they filed legal action. At least 66 have either been deported, extradited or left voluntarily. At least another 20 have died while waiting for their cases to be decided.
In some cases, the U.S. government has allowed them to stay in exchange for information on other investigations.
The main reason, officials say, they are still here is that no one wants them.
"Without any doubt, the greatest single frustration has been our inability, in quite a number of cases now, to carry out the deportation orders that we've won in federal courts," said Eli Rosenbaum in the 2011 documentary "Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals." Rosenbaum heads the Justice Department office responsible for investigating the Nazi war criminals residing here.
"We can't carry them out," he said, "because governments of Europe refuse to take these people back."
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