Letters of support are flooding in for the pizza deliveryman who was nabbed by immigration agents on a Brooklyn Army base.
“He is without a doubt an example of responsibility, honesty, dedication and love for all husbands and fathers,” wrote family friend Egnin Arlecy Lopez Montoya, referring to Pablo Villavicencio.
The 35-year-old native of Ecuador was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on June 1, after a military officer at the Bay Ridge base discovered a 2009 deportation order against him during a background check.
“His family will always need him,” added Lopez Montoya.
All told, Villavicencio has gotten 20 letters of support from friends, colleagues and community leaders. He’s also received 10 letters from elected officials, including Gov. Cuomo.
The missives urged the immigration judge to let him remain in the country.
“It would be a big mistake to separate Pablo and his family,” said his buddy William Monsalve. “His daughters and wife Sandra Chica would suffer extreme hardship if he were deported.”
They rely on him for “almost everything,” he added.
As a civil rights activist, he’d face imminent danger back in Ecuador because the people he railed against are now in power, the letter said.
Villavicencio got a sudden reprieve when Manhattan Federal Judge Alison Nathan put his deportation on hold Saturday. His lawyers from the Legal Aid Society noted that he has no criminal record and argued he was unfairly profiled.
Chica, his American wife, posted a short video Wednesday, begging for his release.
“My daughters need their dad. We miss him a lot,” she said. “We will continue fighting so he can be with us.”
She also thanked Legal Aid Society and other supporters.
“These last two weeks have been very difficult for my family,” she said in the video posted on Twitter. “But your support has helped us to continue fighting so we can keep our family together.”
Many of the letters noted how much he loves his two daughters, Luciana, 3, and Antonia, 2.
“All he does, he does it for the benefit of his family,” wrote friend Miguel Sierra Vargas. “He is a hard worker and responsible man that just wants to improve his family’s life (and) give better chances to his kids.”
One supporter begged the judge to imagine being in Villavicencio’s situation.
“Please put yourself in his shoes and do not separate those little girls from their father,” said Tatiana Maria Alzate Jaramillo. “Children need their parents in their home and it should be made up of a mother and a father.”
Villavicencio is being held in a federal detention center in Kearny, N.J. His case – which has gotten national attention – will be heard by Manhattan Federal Judge Paul Crotty on July 20.