ADL Welcomes House Vote to End Social Security for Nazi War Criminals

New York, NY, December 2, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today hailed House passage of legislation that seeks to bar U.S. benefits from being paid to those who participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II.

While existing law already strips benefits from Nazi criminals who have been deported from the United States, a handful who left the country voluntarily continue to collect benefits.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement:

We commend the leadership of Representatives Johnson (R-TX) and Becerra (D-CA) as well as Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Hatch (R-UT), sponsors of the companion bill in the Senate.

The United States, through Congress and the leadership of the Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations, has sought justice for victims of the Holocaust. This includes ensuring that Nazi perpetrators could not enter or reside in the U.S. and enjoy the freedoms and benefits of living here. This unanimous, bipartisan House vote represents a continuation of that vital moral leadership.

Now that most suspected Nazi perpetrators have been deported or have fled the U.S., it’s time to focus on ending any possible remaining federal benefits from being paid to them. Today’s vote is certainly a case of better late than never.

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