A Michigan doctor by the name of Lukasz Niec was detained by members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently. Doctor Niec is 43 years old and came to this country from Poland when he was 5 years old. Although he is not a citizen, he received his green card decades ago and is a recognized permanent resident in this country. His family thinks he was detained due to his arrest and guilty plea on misdemeanor property damage charges back when he was a teenager.
Even if Niec is not deported, it is feared it could take a long time for him to be released. There are court records of him pleading guilty to a charge of drunk driving in 2008. That plea was withdrawn and the case dismissed upon his completion of probation. He was also found not guilty of a domestic violence charge by a jury in 2013. His family is deeply upset and worried about the situation. According to CBS News, his wife, Rachelle Burkhart-Niec, said, “We need him here. And we’re lonely without him and he knows that.” Iwona Niec-Villaire, his sister, added, “He is fighting to be in his home which is the United States. He doesn’t even speak Polish.” Given his brushes with the law, the question now is: Should Michigan Doctor Lukasz Niec be deported?
CBS News: ICE detains Polish doctor living in the U.S. for 40 years
Should Michigan Doctor Lukasz Niec be deported? Is this situation about the law, whether we like it or not? Or, is deporting him the wrong thing to do?
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