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After 40 years with a green card

Here’s a story going around about a fellow that was legally brought to this country forty years ago by his parents from Poland when he was three. He had all of his papers, grew up, went to college and became a successful doctor and family man and then was picked up by ICE for possible deportation back to Poland.

What? His wife and children are Americans. He’s here legally working with a green card, he’s in the medical field and is vouched for by his colleagues and friends…., he’s got to be a crook. Right?

Well, according to most news sources, no.

The only blemish on Dr. Niec’s reputation is a record of two juvenile misdemeanor convictions that took place when he was only 17-years-old, one for receiving and concealing stolen property, the other for the destruction of property worth less than $100. Dr. Niec pleaded guilty to these charges more than 25 years ago under a plea deal, the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, that leaves young offenders with a clean criminal record if they keep out of trouble.

Source: Trump’s ICE just deported a doctor living in the U.S. for 40 years

It sounds like just some teenage hijinks that he got caught at and probably went a long way into making him the upstanding citizen that he is today. I can’t see deporting a legal resident over that alone. Might there be more to the story?

You betcha’! While most news outlets aren’t reporting this I heard the following on CBS this morning. Newsmax is the only online source I could find that also contained this bit of information.

Court records also show that Niec pleaded guilty to a 2008 operating impaired by liquor offense for which he completed probation, and the conviction was set aside. He was also charged with domestic violence in 2013 and a jury found him not guilty after a trial.

Source: ICE Detains Michigan Doctor After 40 Years In U.S.

Still all minor stuff but to remain a legal resident you need to keep your nose clean. And there is also the fact that he has been a legal resident for 40 years without becoming a citizen. Why is that? Could there be more? There probably is.

The problem I have with this story is the headline from the first article I quoted, “Trump’s ICE just deported a doctor living in the U.S. for 40 years”. Would we be seeing this headline if DACA wasn’t in the forefront of the news this week?

I hate to think that maybe the news might be using this story to manipulate public opinion.

What’s the Motivation?

Here’s what’s bothering me. A closed door meeting to me means what is said inside those closed doors stays there and the only things that leaves the meeting are the participants and the agreements reached. When conversations in the meeting are brought out that upset people I have to question the motivation of the person bringing those conversations out of the meeting.

I’m bothered but not surprised by recent private conversations brought out of a recent closed door Oval Office meeting. I’m bothered by what was reportedly said but as this continues to linger in the news I’m bothered by the motivation that brought it to light.

What was Dick Durban’s motivation? What good has come from his revelation? Is America any greater from his breaking a confidence or have we been lessened?

I’m no Trump supporter and I agree with most negative critiques of him so don’t take what I’m saying as a defense of him, it isn’t. I think he is completely ignorant of most issues surrounding immigration. No, this is just me questioning if Dick Durban is motivated by the good of the country or the good of Dick Durban.

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DACA wasn’t the answer.

President Trump has rescinded former President Obama’s DACA executive order with a six month phase out period. This executive order was supposed to protect undocumented immigrant children who had been brought to this country at a young age and grown up here as knowing nothing but the United States as their home from being deported while they were still attending school. DACA’s biggest problem is that it didn’t offer any pathway to citizenship. An executive order can’t give that, only Congress can.

I really feel for these young people who DACA was protecting. A lot of them have no memory of their home country and many of them can’t even speak their parents’ native language. These kids are American in every way but they aren’t citizens.

What President Trump did by rescinding DACA could be the best thing that could happen to these young people who it affects. As I pointed out above, DACA could not give these young people with a pathway to citizenship, which is what they really need. This puts pressure on Congress to pass legislative protection for them. This could allow for a pathway to citizenship.

But what I would really like to see is our whole immigration laws to change to allow for anyone who is not a danger to the health and safety of anyone residing in the U.S. to enter this country on a two-year provisional work visa. A background check and a blood test would be all that would need to be passed for this visa. At the end of that two-year period if their has been no problem and they have earned a legal income in the U.S. for 80% of the time they have been in the country the provisional visa would be changed to give the immigrant resident alien status. Any problems during that two-year period would result in deportation.

I would also allow anyone residing in this country illegally to apply for the provisional visa but no time spent here illegally would count for anything. Children brought here illegally could apply for the provisional visa and those under eighteen would not be required to meet the 80% income requirement as long as their sponsoring parent or guardian was either meeting the requirement or are U.S. citizens. Completion of honorable military service would allow for immediate application for citizenship on honorable discharge.

The background check would look for any violent misdemeanors or any felonies in the applicants background with any of those being grounds for denying the visa. The blood test would look for any communicable diseases, including STDs, that could pose a health risk to those that come in contact with the applicant. The blood test would also look for the presence of illegal drugs.

I know the U.S. State Department would also have a list of people not to allow in, and that’s fine, but I can’t see a reason to make immigrating into the U.S. any more difficult than I have outlined.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on this topic.