Lukasz Niec was 5 years previous when his mother and father introduced him and his sister to the USA from Poland. With two suitcases in tow, his mother and father — each docs — left behind a rustic on the verge of social turmoil. It was 1979, about two years earlier than the nation’s authoritarian communist authorities declared martial regulation.
Niec acquired a short lived inexperienced card and, in 1989, turned a lawful everlasting resident. He grew up in Michigan, went to medical faculty, turned a physician, and raised a daughter and stepdaughter.
Niec, now forty three, by no means fathomed that his authorized standing in america would turn out to be a problem. With a renewed inexperienced card, and almost forty years within the nation, his Polish nationality was an afterthought for Niec, his sister informed The Washington Submit. He does not even converse Polish.
However on Tuesday morning, immigration authorities arrested Niec at his residence, simply after he had despatched his 12-yr-previous stepdaughter off to high school. Niec, a doctor specializing in inner drugs at Bronson Healthcare Group in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been detained in a county jail ever since, awaiting a bond listening to and potential deportation.
“It is surprising,” stated his sister Iwona Niec Villaire, a company lawyer. “Nobody can actually perceive what occurred right here.”
Based on his “discover to seem” from the Division of Homeland Safety, Niec’s detention stems from two misdemeanor convictions from 26 years in the past. In January 1992, Niec was convicted of malicious destruction of property beneath $one hundred. In April of that yr, he was convicted of receiving and concealing stolen property over $one hundred and a monetary transaction gadget.
As a result of Niec was convicted of two crimes involving “ethical turpitude,” stemming from two separate incidents, he’s topic to removing, immigration authorities wrote within the discover to seem, citing the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Each of the offenses happened when he was a young person. He related himself “with some dangerous individuals” his sister stated. The primary of the incidents concerned an altercation with a driver after a automotive crash, Niec’s sister stated. He was certainly one of a number of youngsters within the automotive on the time.
The second of these convictions was ultimately expunged from his legal document, his sister stated, as a part of a responsible plea by way of Michigan’s Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, a program meant to assist younger offenders keep away from the stigma of a legal conviction. However although the crime was scrubbed off his public document, it could possibly nonetheless be used towards him for removing from the nation, his sister stated.
ICE has not responded to requests for info from The Washington Submit and declined to remark to WOOD-TV. Since Thursday, a spokesman for the ICE Detroit Area Workplace has not responded to requests for info from MLive, besides to say he was wanting into the case.
In line with Kalamazoo County courtroom data cited by MLive, Niec additionally pleaded responsible in 2008 to…