Lukasz R. Niec is a doctor who was just three years old when he was brought to America by his parents. He is a doctor living in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 40 years ago. But despite his education, profession, and the fact he himself has a family now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested him on Saturday and might deport him back to his parent’s home country of Poland.
Feeling safer? Kalamazoo doctor detained by ICE after 40 years in US https://t.co/asR4YVcjcz
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) January 21, 2018
Polish doctor arrested by ICE. Brought here at age 3. Now 43. Apparently faces deportation for two high school misdemeanors, a 2008 DWI that was wiped from his record. https://t.co/U8yMNLJyjd
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) January 21, 2018
“In 1979, my parents were both doctors — [they]left Poland and took two suitcases and two small children … and they came here for a better life for their kids,” explained Niec’s sister, Iwona Niec-Villaire, in an interview on Saturday.
Iwona believes that he was arrested because of two misdemeanor convictions on Niec’s records, back from when her brother was in high school. In 2009, Niece pleaded guilty to a DWI, but the case was dismissed in a plea agreement.