Kalamazoo doctor detained by I.C.E. to appear before a judge next week

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 18:50:24-05

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. — Dr. Lukasz Niec will remain behind bars for a little longer than expected. He's lodged at Calhoun County jail and was scheduled for a bond hearing in Detroit Friday morning. However, the immigration judge adjourned it to next Wednesday.

“He’s not doing well,” said Dr. Niec’s attorney Russell Abrutyn about his client. “He’s separated from his family. He separated from his patients, from his colleagues at the hospital.”

Abrutyn said the bond was rescheduled to give the judge and ICE more time to review the documents in his case. He’s currently being held without a bond and next week’s hearing will be to see if the judge will set one for him. If so, Niec be reunited with his family. For now he remains in jail.

“In Michigan ICE doesn’t have its own detention facility,” said Abrutyn. “So he’s in a county jail. And he’s in with normal criminals who are awaiting trial, who’ve been sentenced, who’ve been accused of crimes.”