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.

Pursuant to Section 237(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, anyone who has been convicted of two crimes involving moral turpitude after admission as a lawful permanent resident is subject to deportation. So the question CNN.com, and all the other critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, should be asking is, “Why wasn’t Lukasz Niec placed in deportation proceedings right after his first criminal convictions?”

He clearly benefitted from lax immigration enforcement, that’s why he’s been in the U.S. long enough to earn a medical degree. But should the fact that Lukasz became a doctor earn him a pass on deportation? That’s up to an immigration court. Our system is so reasonable that, prior to being deported, he’s entitled to a full hearing. At the conclusion of that proceeding, its entirely possible that an Immigration Judge may find him eligible for relief from removal and give him another chance to straighten up and fly right.

But one thing is certain, the decision to place him in removal proceedings isn’t an example of Dr. Niec being “punished” or “targeted” because he’s an immigrant, as CNN.com claims. Rather it’s a shining example of the Trump administration’s firm commitment to even-handed immigration enforcement. Despite constant charges by the mainstream media that President Trump is a “white nationalist” (whatever that means), it appears that European immigration violators with college degrees are just as amenable to prosecution as Mexican high school dropouts.

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Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats.

He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

4 Comments

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    James R. Alexander on

    I’d like to know how many ILLEGALS – called “doctors” – are being hired by and are currently working in the Veterans Administration Healthcare “System”. Since 1997 and to date, I have run across very, very few White “doctors” who are fluent in English. I’m asking because I had one such “doctor” who was born and educated in India and was NOT a licensed doctor here; but who we had to call “doctor”. Several others were Blacks with a limited ability to speak or understand OUR language.

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    Nellie McConnell on

    I live close to Borders. MEDIA doesn’t cover the crime of illegals.
    We need the wall, no more Illegals. Refugees and everyone comes in right WAY.
    GO TRUMP God BLESS YOU and OUR COUNTRY

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      James R. Alexander on

      As a recent and former resident of Southern New Mexico, I can fully support your comment. As an American military veteran and senior citizen over the age of 80, I have been physically pushed out of the path of ILLEGAL ALIENS while shopping in a Walmart. I’ve had the grocery cart I was pushing pushed off to the side to allow their passage. These uncivilized, uneducated , impolite animals belong back in their cages in their “sh..hole” Countries and leave America to LEGAL Americans.

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    Being a white European myself, I have ABSOLUTELY no problem with Dr. Niec being detained, no matter how light his offences might appear to some. Law and order MUST be applied EQUALLY. Whatever the Immigration judge decides is perfectly fine with me.