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Immigration authorities tight-lipped about Kalamazoo doctor's arrest

Immigration authorities tight-lipped about Kalamazoo doctor's arrest

He has two misdemeanor convictions from high school and an impaired driving conviction from 2008 that was later dismissed.

"He's taken care of the people of the U.S.as a physician, he's taken care of the people of this community", she told MLive. "Both our parents passed away in the United States".

At the time, he pleaded guilty to both charges and avoided a criminal record under a United States law that protects young first-offenders if they never offend again.

He was charged with domestic violence in 2013, but a jury found him not guilty after a trial, records show.

"The anxiety and fear that Dr. Niec and his family must be experiencing is unfathomable", Upton said.

Niec's employer, Bronson HealthCare, released a statement on Tuesday saying it was working to try and get the doctor released from ICE custody.

'There are two misdemeanor convictions from 26 years ago that have been cited by ICE to support Dr. Niec's detention, ' Bronson said.

Iwona Niec-Villaire said her brother is "shell-shocked" about being arrested and the possibility he may be deported. He left his native Poland as a child in 1979.

"We're hopeful that when all the facts are out, the judge and ICE will see the case the same way that we do", said Abrutyn, "That Dr. Niec's mistakes occurred a very long time ago when he was just 17 and that everything that he's done since then and the hardship that his family would suffer if he's deported to Poland, all outweigh those convictions".

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"He doesn't even speak polish".

I.C.E. said Tuesday they will hold Niec until a removal hearing can be held.

His sister said the family is waiting for answers while Niec sits in Calhoun County jail.

If it is denied, Niec will remain in jail until it's decided whether he can return home or be deported.

"I received a phone call from Lukasz that he had been detained", his wife Rachelle Burkhart-Niec said. Without warning, they are separated from their family and sent to a country to which they have no current connection.

"He's exactly the kind of person that our immigration policy should be encouraging to prosper here", Dr. Michael Raphelson said.

Marc Asch, an immigration attorney in Kalamazoo, told WWMT in the previous year ICE has been going after cases it wouldn't have made a priority in the past.

The Trump administration is aggressive in prosecuting deportation cases, he said, but ICE is "clearly going beyond" and targeting folks who aren't a threat to the public.


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