As Ivan Vaclavik tells it, he is a man without a country, an emigre from the former communist-ruled Czechoslovakia who can never be deported no matter how badly he behaves in his adopted United States. His homeland, he points out, no longer exists, washed away in the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Vaclavik has certainly put his theory to the test. Since 1976, when the United States first ordered him deported, he has been charged with more than 100 crimes in Massachusetts, from petty shoplifting to felony theft, and has been imprisoned at least three times. Highlights of his criminal career include assaulting a complete stranger at a Starbucks on Beacon Hill in 2005, breaking into the Charles Hotel in 2007, and accosting an 11-year-old girl near a hotel pool in Waltham in 2009. “Come in here and see your daddy,” he told the frightened child.