Monday, May 9, 2016
Within Immigration Customs Enforcement is a unit that investigates war criminal and other human rights abusers from entering or remaining in the United States.
According to its website, the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center has four missions:
- To prevent the admission of foreign war crimes suspects, persecutors and human rights abusers into the United States.
- To identify and prosecute individuals who have been involved and/or responsible for the commission of human rights abuses across the globe.
- To remove, whenever possible, those offenders who are located in the United States.
- To oversee the development of programs in response to President Obama’s Presidential Study Directive-10, the prevention of mass atrocities.
Last Monday, ICE deported Halil Dacaj who is suspected of organizing war crimes against Serbian collaborators by beating them during interrogations and by turning those detained over to the Kosovo Liberation Army for further torture. In 1999, Dacaj entered the US on a fraudulent passport and visa. He was ordered removed in 2003 by an immigration judge but he was not arrested until last August. Last week Dacaj was deported and surrendered to authorities in Kosovo.