Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detained a 43-year-old doctor living in MI days ago, reports CBS News. The Associated Press sent an email Monday seeking comment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Now his family fears he faces deportation to a country he's never known. He does not speak Polish. "He wouldn't know where to go". Niec received a temporary green card and later became a lawful permanent resident, The Washington Post reported.
I.C.E. said Tuesday they will hold Niec until a removal hearing can be held.
Lukasz Niec, a physician at Kalamazoo's Bronson Methodist Hospital, was arrested Tuesday by ICE agents and jailed.More news: Equatorial Guinea: CHAN 2018 - Super Eagles Through to Quarter-Final
In 1992, Niec was convicted of malicious destruction of property under $100. Federal officials said he had 18 encounters with local law enforcement, though they declined to describe the nature of most of those encounters. "He will remain in ICE custody pending the outcome of removal proceedings".
"We're hopeful that when all the facts are out, the judge and ICE will see the case the same way that we do", said Abrutyn, "That Dr. Niec's mistakes occurred a very long time ago when he was just 17 and that everything that he's done since then and the hardship that his family would suffer if he's deported to Poland, all outweigh those convictions". The expunged record can still be used as evidence to deport him from the US, said his sister who is also a Lawyer. She recalls their mother becoming a naturalized citizen but, is unsure if she obtained citizenship before Lucasz's 18th birthday.
Legal permanent residents convicted of crimes have always been the targets of deportation orders.
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"(Niec) is a microcosm of what's happening all over the country but doesn't get publicity until it happens to a white guy from Europe living in the suburbs", Kucksaid.
Niec has been on the Bronson staff since 2007.
"He's exactly the kind of person that our immigration policy should be encouraging to prosper here", Dr. Michael Raphelson said.
Niec's wife and colleagues say he is not only needed at home but, also at the hospital where he works. After completing probation, Niec's plea was withdrawn and the case dismissed.More news: QLD mother charged with murder and torture of adult children