Kai Petainen takes U.S. citizenship oath at Ann Arbor council meeting
May 8th, 2018
ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor resident Kai Petainen has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, but it wasn’t until last year that he ever really worried about being deported.
A Canadian, he came to the U.S. legally, has been a legal permanent resident, and has worked legally for the University of Michigan.
But after Donald Trump took office and ramped up efforts to seek deportation of many immigrants, both documented and undocumented, Petainen saw how even green card holders could be detained and kicked out of the country for offenses such as shoplifting or marijuana, even if those offenses occurred years ago.