Widespread Conspiracy To Obstruct Probes of Alleged Nazi War Criminals Not Supported by Available Evidence:

Controversy May Continue

GGD-78-73: Published: May 15, 1978. Publicly Released: May 15, 1978.

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Since World War II, there have been many allegations that individuals who entered the United States and are now residents committed atrocities while serving the Nazi Government.

From a review of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) files on 94 individuals, 40 of whom had allegations made against them before 1973, it was found that: two were expelled from the United States; investigations on some others appeared to be thorough; for various reasons, some individuals were allowed to stay in the country in spite of prosecutions; in most cases, there were only routine inquiries with other agencies; and in some cases, no inquiries were made. Some observations included: an investigation of complaints by an INS employee that his investigation of alleged war criminals was hampered did not show irregularities; INS investigations of cases before 1973 were deficient; the quality of investigations has improved since 1973 when a control office was established, but further improvements are needed; and there have been no successful prosecutions since 1973. Other agencies had information on, and contacts with, some individuals listed in INS files. Although it was difficult to obtain facts because of the passage of time and limited access to records, it was concluded that there was no widespread conspiracy to obstruct investigations of alleged Nazi war criminals.

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