CINCINNATI (CN) – A Ukrainian man accused of being a former Nazi death-camp guard lost his challenge to a final deportation order that would send him to Germany, Poland or the Ukraine. The 6th Circuit rejected John Demjanjuk‘s bid to remain in the United States.
Demjanjuk allegedly ran the gas chamber at the Treblinka concentration camp during World War II. He had been living in the United States since 1952 and became a naturalized citizen in 1958. In the late 1990s the U.S. government filed a complaint seeking to revoke his citizenship based on his “wartime service to Nazi Germany.” Demjanjuk had allegedly been an armed guard in three Nazi concentration camps.
Demjanjuk fought his removal, claiming the immigration judge assigned to his case lacked the authority to conduct removal proceedings.
The appeals court rejects this argument, saying the judge was clearly qualified to conduct immigration proceedings.
As an aside, the court at one point mistakenly refers to Immigration Judge Michael Creppy as “Michael Creepy.” See ruling.