Internist with Immigration Problems Isn’t Innocent Victim of ICE
CNN.com recently ran a piece about Lukasz R. Niec, a Polish citizen in removal proceedings. According to friends and relatives, Lukasz is a great guy. A colleague quoted by CNN says, “He’s exactly the kind of person that our immigration policy should be encouraging to prosper here.”On the surface that may appear to be true. Lukasz’s parents fled Poland and brought him to the United States in 1979. He was five years old. The family obtained lawful permanent residence. Lukasz grew up to be Dr. Niec. He lives in Michigan and practices internal medicine at a local clinic.Now U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed Dr. Niec in removal proceedings. CNN.com claims ICE “targeted” him for deportation because Donald Trump has “taken a sweeping approach to the definition of criminal” as it applies in the immigration context.Of course, CNN is dead wrong. President Trump has asked ICE to enforce our immigration laws as drafted by Congress. It was the Obama administration that attempted to unilaterally redefine who is considered a criminal alien – refusing to remove all but the most hardened foreign rapists and murderers.So why is Niec being placed in removal proceedings? Well, it turns out that Dr. Niec may not be such a nice guy after all. The good doctor has multiple criminal convictions, including:
- Two misdemeanor convictions for, “destruction of property less than $100 and receiving and concealing stolen goods” when Dr. Niec was a teenager;
- A conviction for “driving while intoxicated” in 2008;
- And charges for what com calls “20 other minor traffic offenses” between 1997 and 2016.
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