ICE Detains Michigan Doctor That Has Lived In US For 40 Years

Laura Christensen
January 24, 2018

Lukasz Niec a 43 year old MI doctor who fleld to the United States with his family almost 40 years ago faces deportation to his birth country of Poland after being arrested at his home by ICE agents.

Dr. Lukasz Niec more recent skirmishes with the law.

Niec is now reportedly kept at a Calhoun County jail and is waiting for a word on when he will be allowed to return to his normal life or whether he will be allowed to do so at all.

A Kalamazoo doctor was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week, after living in the US for almost 40 years.

Now the siblings are in their mid-40s. He received his green card and has been a permanent resident of the United States since 1989.

Dr. Lukasz Niec, 43, was detained after US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents came to his MI home last Tuesday and led him away in handcuffs to the Calhoun County jail, according to. He was shaking.... Just kind of shell-shocked and what I said was you don't have anything to apologize.

Immigration officers arrested Niec at his home this past week, but ICE agents will not comment on why he was targeted after 40 years.

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Meanwhile, Niec-Villaire says her brother would be lost in Poland.

The only blemish on Dr. Niec's reputation is a record of two juvenile misdemeanor convictions that took place when he was only 17-years-old, one for receiving and concealing stolen property, the other for the destruction of property worth less than $100. According to his sister, the second conviction was removed from his record because he made a guilty plea through the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act - an act created to help youth offenders avoid criminal convictions. "He's the person I call whenever anything goes wrong or right, and now I can't do that and it's, it's just breaking me up", Niec's sister said.

But the Immigration and Control Enforcement (ICE) agency in the Department of Homeland Security arrested him last week and he may be deported to a country whose language he doesn't even know.

Now, Niec awaits his fate in jail.

'We did go see him on Wednesday, he was shaking, ' she said.

His wife says their two daughters need their dad.

"He's an excellent physician, he's loving, he's caring, he's an honorable husband and he's always helping others", his wife, Rachelle Burkart-Niec, told WOOD. Niec came to the U.S. with his parents (both doctors, now deceased) and sister (an attorney who eventually attained citizenship) sometime between the ages of 3 and 6, per various sources, and since has been a green card resident, which permits an individual to live and work legally in the US.

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