ICE agents arrested a Michigan doctor who came to the U.S. 40 years ago at his home last Tuesday. The Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo is now doing anything it can to save the doctor from deportation.
ICE wouldn’t tell why Lukasz Niec was arrested. The 43-year-old medic is a legal U.S. resident. He had an impaired driving conviction that was dismissed in 2008 and two misdemeanor convictions.
When AP reporters tried to contact ICE for more info, they received an automatic e-mail telling them that the agency was not working due to the government shutdown.
The doctor’s wife confirmed that he was convicted of receiving stolen goods and property destruction decades ago, but the two offenses can’t be used to deport him. In 2013, he had a domestic violence charge which was also dismissed.
Mrs. Niec noted that her husband has been taking care of people as a doctor for years.
He Has No Place to Go
The man was brought to the U.S. when he was 5 years old. His parents settled in Detroit. He is married, with one daughter from a previous relationship. The couple tied the knot in July 2016.
He cannot go back to Poland, a country he doesn’t know, (where) he has no family,
Dr. Niec’s sister told a local TV station.
What’s more, the medic doesn’t speak Polish. He was able to obtain a green card and was given a permanent resident status.
Both of the man’s parents died in the U.S. so he literally has nobody to go to if he gets back to Poland. Niec’s employer said in a statement that the arrest “makes no sense.” Bronson Healthcare described the man as a “skilled and caring physician” who joined the Bronson team in 2007.
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