A respected doctor in Kalamazoo, Mich., who has been living in the United States for almost 40 years on a permanent green card, may face deportation.
He works as a doctor specializing in internal medicine for Bronson HeathCare in MI. His co-workers describe him as the model of what a physician should be. If it is denied, Niec will remain in jail until it's decided whether he can return home or be deported.
Offered Niec's American born wife, Rachelle Burkart-Niec, with whom he shares two children with, 'He's an excellent physician, he's loving, he's caring, he's an honorable husband and he's always helping others.' .
"Right now his green card is in balance".
She added, "He doesn't even speak Polish".
"The question I get asked all the time is, 'Why do you think this happened?'" Niec-Villaire says.
Niec-Villaire, a corporate attorney, said her family left Poland in 1979 for a "better life", with the United States the only home her brother has ever known. A bond hearing may not come until next month, and it is unlikely it will be granted, according to immigration law experts.
The news outlet reported Niec was convicted when he was 17 on one charge of destruction of property less than $100 and receiving and concealing stolen goods.
Niec pled guilty to the charges and under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, he got to avoid having a criminal record since he was a young, first-time offender.
"These misdemeanors were just an adolescent making mistakes and learning from them", Niec-Villaire said.
"I can not say enough about his work ethic and his service to our community", he wrote.
A quarter of a century ago, 17-year-old Lukasz Niec took a plea deal on two misdemeanors-a move that might send the now-43-year-old MI doctor back to his native Poland, despite the fact that he's lived in the United States since he was a young child, speaks no Polish, and knows no one there.
"He's a leading physician among the team, he helps and supports", said Hussein Akl, a hospitalist at Bronson Methodist Hospital. I have seen how he treats my own family and my kids love 'uncle Lucas.'.
Others who worked with Niece say they are dumbfounded and outraged.
More than 25 people gathered at the home Saturday including friends and family.
"The consensus about his character is overwhelming with no single complaint I have ever heard from anyone over 10 years", Kwsai Al-Rahhal, M.D. wrote.