Pablo Villavicencio

DocumentedNY: Judge Rules ICE Improperly Held Pablo Villavicencio in ‘Custody’

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A judge ruled on Wednesday night that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been improperly keeping Pablo Villavicencio, a pizza deliveryman who was detained at a Brooklyn army base last month, in a form of custody even after he was ordered released.

Villavicencio, a father of two, was detained by Army civilian police and turned over to ICE while delivering food to the Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn on June 1. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ordered his release from custody on July 24.

Gregory Copeland, one of Villavicencio’s attorneys at the Legal Aid Society, said that it had become a pattern lately for the government to issue orders of supervision (OSUP) — a mechanism used to impose conditions of release when people with final orders of removal — to clients that federal judges released without such restrictions.

“It has been pretty heavy-handed. There’s been an intimidation, a bullying quality to this,” he said, adding that Legal Aid had three clients in the same situation recently. They include Xiu Qing You, who was detained at a green card interview.

Villavicencio, who is originally from Ecuador and lives in Queens with his wife and two young daughters, had received a final order of removal in 2010, meaning he was ordered deported at the time. However, given his marriage to a U.S. citizen, he had started an application in February of this year to change his status to a legal permanent resident.

Citing his order of removal, ICE moved to deport him after his arrest at Fort Hamilton, but his attorneys at the Legal Aid Society and the firm Debevoise and Plimpton filed suit at U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, arguing that he had a right to see his current immigration applications through. This would include the processes to be certified as a family member of his citizen wife, to be permitted to reenter the United States, and to obtain a provisional waiver of inadmissibility. This waiver would allow him to travel abroad in order to regularize his status without triggering the 10-year ban on reentry that typically applies to people who were in the country for over one year without documentation.

The judge agreed, and, given that a removal would prevent this process from taking place, ordered the government to stay his removal until his applications were either approved or denied, and to “immediately release [Villavicencio] from custody because removal is no longer reasonably foreseeable.”

After he was ordered released, Villavicencio was not permitted to leave the Hudson County Correctional Facility, where he was being held, until he signed a copy of the order, which was signed under the authority of ICE New York field director Thomas Decker. The OSUP, a copy of which was provided to Documented, lists multiple conditions, including that Villavicencio has to check in with ICE personnel on command, cannot associate with gang members, and, crucially, that any violation of the order could result in him being taken back into ICE custody and criminally prosecuted.

Copeland said that, because of the government’s previous use of OSUPs for clients released under federal court order, Villavicencio’s lawyers preemptively asked the government to discuss a potential order, but were rebuffed.

“Being put on an OSUP has some benefits,” he said, such as making it easier for clients to receive work authorization. However, he views the conditions listed on Villavicencio’s order as more of an attempt to threaten him. “You can’t, ‘associate with a gang member?’ How vague is that? What if you don’t know someone’s a gang member and you’re caught associating with them? What is ‘associating?’”

In a letter to Crotty, the government, represented by the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, argued that it was within its rights to issue the OSUP under the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1231, which authorizes the government to release people with final orders of removal under terms of supervision. Villavicencio’s attorneys countered that the judge’s order of release was unqualified and that sections of the immigration law that the government cited applied when an immigrant was released by officials within the executive branch pending deportation, and not when they were ordered released by the federal court with no foreseeable prospect of removal.

The judge ruled in favor of Villavicencio, writing in an opinion that “the Order of Supervised Release by ICE would be in conflict with the Court’s Order to release [Villavicencio] from custody. ‘Custody’ in the context of a federal habeas statute includes supervised release.”

Copeland said it’s the first such decision the Legal Aid Society has obtained, and he hopes the order will from now on compel the government to negotiate or refrain from issuing OSUPs in the relatively rare cases of immigrants being ordered released by federal judges. Attorneys have sought a similar dismissal of the OSUP in the You case. Other prominent cases, such as that of New Sanctuary Executive Director Ravi Ragbir, feature orders of supervision.

A spokesperson for ICE did not have an immediate comment on the development.

BREAKING: Federal Judge Orders Pablo Villavicencio's Release From Detention, Allows Villavicencio to Pursue Lawful Status

Pablo Villavicencio returning home after being freed from ICE detention. Credit: Howard Schnapp; Newsday / Chau Lam

Pablo Villavicencio returning home after being freed from ICE detention.
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(NEW YORK, NY) – The Legal Aid Society and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP won a habeas corpus motion today in Federal court freeing their client, Pablo Villavicencio, from Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention (ICE) detention and extending a stay of deportation which will allow Villavicencio time to secure valid immigration status. Judge Paul A. Crotty of the United States District Court - Southern District of New York granted the motion.

On June 1, Pablo Villavicencio was arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while delivering a catering order to Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn. In mid-June, a judge granted a temporary restraining order staying Villavicencio’s deportation pending a hearing on the entirety of his case.

“The rule of law, humanity and morality prevailed tonight with the Court’s order releasing Pablo back to his family and community,” said Adriene Holder, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society. “This decision should serve as a rebuke against the Trump Administration and its merciless crusade to tear families apart. Today is also an affirmation that the Courts can still serve as a check on the Executive when it breaks with our laws and principles. The Villavicencio family has finally received a crucial measure of relief from their 53-day nightmare and we will continue to fight alongside them to protect their right to remain in the community they call home.”

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Pizza Deliveryman Detained by ICE Is Freed by Judge

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The New York Times | Pizza Delivery Man Detained by ICE Is Freed By Judge
By Liz Robbins
July 24, 2018

A federal district court judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an undocumented pizza delivery man, from immigration detention in New Jersey, where he had been locked up since June 1.

The order came after a morning hearing in which Judge Paul A. Crotty, an appointee of President George W. Bush and the former corporation counsel for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, pointedly questioned the government about why it had detained Mr. Villavicencio and planned to deport him. “Is there any concept of justice here?” Judge Crotty asked the government’s lawyer.

Later in the day, the judge said that Mr. Villavicencio, 35, who is married to a United States citizen and in February began a petition for a green card, should be released. The judge granted a stay of deportation while Mr. Villavicencio pursues permanent residency.

“Removal is no longer reasonably feasible,” Judge Crotty wrote in an order to be followed by a formal opinion.

“It’s absolutely sensational, he’s back with his family and the judge has allowed him to go through the process,” said Gregory Copeland, one of Mr. Villavicencio’s lawyers from the Legal Aid Society of New York.

Judge Crotty set the tone for his decision during the hearing in Manhattan when he questioned why Mr. Villavicencio had been held for 53 days by the immigration agency since his arrest while dropping off food at a Brooklyn army base. “Is he a threat to the country? A flight risk? Don’t they have to justify it?” he asked the government lawyer.

The lawyer, Joseph Cordaro, stammered, but said that the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, had made the decision.

READ JUDGE CROTTY'S ORDER
READ JUDGE CROTTY'S ORDER

Mr. Villavicencio was arrested when delivering food from a Queens brick-oven pizzeria to a Fort Hamilton Army base. He presented a municipal identification card from the city, known as IDNYC, which Mr. Villavicencio has said he used previously at the base. This time it was not accepted.

A military police officer on duty said Mr. Villavicencio needed a driver’s license, which he did not have; the officer then ran a background check — which Mr. Villavicencio has said he did not consent to — which revealed an open order of deportation from 2010.

Despite the order, Mr. Villavicencio, who is originally from Ecuador, had not left the country, and in 2013, he married Sandra Chica, a naturalized citizen. Through her sponsorship, Mr. Villavicencio applied for permanent residency. But it was not until Tuesday morning that his lawyers received a date for an interview: Aug. 21.

Earlier this month, a judge had temporarily blocked Mr. Villavicencio’s deportation.

Throughout the hearing, Ms. Chica sat in the front row of the gallery while the couple’s two daughters, ages 3 and 4, played with rainbow beanie babies and princess figurines. Mr. Villavicencio was not in the Manhattan courtroom; he was detained at Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, N.J.

For that reason, the government was arguing for a change of venue, to New Jersey. Mr. Villavicencio’s lawyers, from Debevoise & Plimpton and Legal Aid, wanted to keep the case in New York, since it was originally filed in the Southern District in Manhattan and keeping it in that jurisdiction would offer the swiftest resolution.

During the hearing Judge Crotty made a point that still resonated when he made his decision six hours later. “The powerful are doing what they want,” he said, “and the poor are suffering what they must.”

Press Release: Statement on Pablo Villavicencio's Hearing

Jennifer Williams, Pablo's attorney, stands alongside Pablo's wife, Sandra Chica, as she calls for her husband's release at a press conference held before his hearing on Tuesday. 

Jennifer Williams, Pablo's attorney, stands alongside Pablo's wife, Sandra Chica, as she calls for her husband's release at a press conference held before his hearing on Tuesday. 

"Today, United States District Court Judge Crotty asked many pointed and probing questions about Pablo Villavicencio’s 53-day detention and the Administration’s highly aggressive immigration enforcement practices. It is our position that the Federal government wholly failed to address or justify their cruel treatment of Mr. Villavicencio, a person with no criminal record, a U.S. citizen wife, and two young U.S. citizen daughters. The Legal Aid Society is hopeful that the Judge will find our arguments meritorious and will release Pablo back to his family and community as soon as possible."

Pablo Villavicencio Set to Have his Hearing

Jennifer Williams, Pablo's attorney, pleads for Pablo's immediate release with City Speaker Cory Johnson, and Pablo's wife, two daughters, and supporters.

Jennifer Williams, Pablo's attorney, pleads for Pablo's immediate release with City Speaker Cory Johnson, and Pablo's wife, two daughters, and supporters.

On Monday, The Legal Aid Society rallied alongside immigration advocates and Council Speaker Corey Johnson calling for the release of Pablo Villavicencio, our client who has detained while delivering pizza to a Brooklyn army base. For over 50 days, we have represented Pablo and worked on protecting him from deportation.  Pablo has a hearing today in Manhattan Federal Court, where we will fight to have him released back to his wife and two young daughters on Long Island.  

 

NY1 Noticias | El Inmigrante 'Repartidor de Pizzas' Detenido por ICE Pide lo Sigan Apoyando

A un mes de su detención migratoria tras entregar una pizza en la base militar de Fort Hamilton en Brooklyn, el padre separado de su de familia describió en su propia voz y sólo para NY1 Noticias las deplorables condiciones en el Centro Correccional del Condado de Hudson donde permanece recluido.

"En este centro detención criminal yo he visto de todo, como ilegalidad de tenencia de armas, cuchillos, peleas. Yo me he enfermado de hongos en los pies, me enfermado de granos en la piel, me ha dado fiebre, me han cogido virus. A mi gracias a mis abogados y a mi esposa me han logrado atender médicos privados en hospital y han traído mis abogados médicos porque aquí ha sido la situación bien difícil con la atención", revelo Pablo Villavicencio.

Su esposa aseguró que a pesar de que mantiene la esperanza, el deterioro de su estado físico es palpable.

"Físicamente si se le ve golpeado", dijo Sandra Chica.

Pablo cree que la atención e indignación que su caso ha generado han pesado sobre la decisión de la agencia de continuar con una antigua orden de deportación a pesar de estar a la espera de un cambio de estatus debido a su matrimonio hace 5 años.

"El director de ICE siempre se ha negado a darme la libertad y entonces eso es lo que me preocupa, que ellos se han tomado mi caso como persona", agregó Villavicenciol.

Pablo pasa sus días y noches preocupado por Sandra, su esposa y ciudadana estadounidense, así como por sus pequeñas Luciana y Antonia de 4 y 3 años de edad, también ciudadanas.

"Eran niñas común y corriente. Ahora ellas no duermen bien, lloran mucho, sobre todo en la noche, lo extrañan bastante, me hacen miles de preguntas porque ellas tienen la idea de que él está trabajando", añadió la esposa Sandra.

También recuerda a diario el 1o de junio: el día que su vida dejó de ser la misma.

"Me impidieron físicamente salir de la base y lo que pasó por mi mente, pues es que mi mundo se acababa, que mis hijas iban a ser arrebatadas de mí y que mi esposa iba a sufrir mucho al estar sin mi presencia, estar sin mi apoyo incondicional, emocional, físico, económico", explicó Villavicencio.

Sandra no comprende al militar que lo retuvo hasta entregarlo a agentes migratorios, hecho que sus abogados consideran una detención ilegal.

"La pregunta mía hacia él es qué lo motivó a hacerle todo esto a Pablo", se preguntó la esposa.

Tanto Pablo como Sandra agradecen el apoyo de la comunidad y piden que se continúe pidiendo a la administración federal que cese la separación de las familias.

"Yo le pido a la gente encarecidamente como también a las autoridades que sigamos en esta lucha de lograr el objetivo de retornar a mi hogar con mi esposa y mis hijas y que sigamos en la calle y demostrándole a este gobierno las arbitrariedades que hace con los niños en la frontera, de las atrocidades que hace de se parar familia, que como en el caso mío y es separar de mis hijas y mi esposa.", dijo Villavicencio.

¿Cuántas familias más se van a tener que ver separadas y pasar por la misma situación que estoy pasando yo?, se preguntó por su lado la esposa.

Sandra y Pablo tuvieron que observar a la distancia su quinto aniversario de bodas porque no era día de visitas en el centro de detención. La pareja espera que el 24 de julio el juez migratorio que preside el caso se toque el corazón y le permita a Pablo regresar al lado de su familia.

WATCH: A month after ICE arrest of immigrant pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio, wife pleads for his release

A month ago, Pablo Villavicencio kissed his wife and daughters goodbye as he left for work to deliver pizza, thinking he would hug and kiss them again later that night.

His life as a dedicated husband and loving father was turned upside down when he stepped onto the Army’s Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn with a delivery. Soon he found himself confused and being cuffed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and locked up in a dingy New Jersey detention facility.

“It’s been a month of nightmares,” his wife, Sandra Chica, said from their Hempstead, L.I., home Thursday. “It’s been a month of questions and no answers.”

In an exclusive interview with the Daily News, Chica reflected on the ordeal the family of four has suffered since President Trump’s anti-immigration officials tore them apart. Chica and her girls, Luciana, 4, and Antonia, 2, are hoping a federal judge releases Villavicencio when he pleads his case July 24.

“It’s been really hard. We hope the judge lets him come home, but we really don’t know what’s going to happen,” Chica said. “My daughters need their father.”

Pablo Villavicencio with his two daughters, Luciana, now 4, and Antonia, 2. He was detained as an illegal immigrant while delivering a pizza at the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn Pablo Villavicencio with his two daughters, Luciana, now 4, and Antonia, 2. He was detained as an illegal immigrant while delivering a pizza at the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn (AP)

Little Luciana hopped on the couch and clutched a photo of her dad wearing a yellow soccer shirt. Chica held back tears hearing her ask about her dad.

“I love my dad so much. I miss him,” said Luciana, running her finger on the image of her dad’s face. “I want him here in my house. My poor father is working on a place really far away. He’ll be home soon.”

“She’s too young to understand. I wish I could explain,” Chica said, drying tears.

She is happy that Pablo’s once imminent deportation was put on hold by a federal judge in early June after lawyers filed an emergency petition. But Chica laments that her Ecuadoran-born husband remains locked up in deplorable conditions. She tries to visit him every Saturday, but always leaves feeling sadder, she said.

“They cry a lot. Each time they hear the bell ring, they run over and say, Daddy’s home. It breaks my heart to see their faces,” Chica said. “Why is my dad not with me? I want Daddy here. They are really stressed.”

Sandra Chica and her daughters, Luciana and Antonia, speak to the Daily News Thursday about the imprisonment of Pablo Villaciencio. Sandra Chica and her daughters, Luciana and Antonia, speak to the Daily News Thursday about the imprisonment of Pablo Villaciencio. (Howard Simmons / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Chica, a naturalized citizen from Colombia, said she has placed photos of Villavicencio all over the house so that they remember him. There’s a family photo of posing with Santa Claus and others of a smiling family in the kitchen.

“At the end of the day we are separated. This is going to take a toll on my little girls,” she said. “This is going to take a toll on him, too. It’s been a month, but it feels like a year.”

Jennifer Williams, a Legal Aid Society immigration lawyer, said they are working hard to reunite the couple. They will argue that racial profiling was behind Villavicencio’s arrest and that he can comply with future court visits while living at home.

“It’s just very terrifying the way how this all unfolded,” Williams said. “If it can happen to a pizza guy, it can happen to anyone. I think we should be very clear that this is a full-on war on immigrants. I think that there is no other way to describe what’s happening.”

“They are humans,” she added.

Villavicencio has missed Father’s Day, Luciana’s fourth birthday and a fifth wedding anniversary since his incarceration.

The Daily News on June 17. The Daily News on June 17. (New York Daily News)

“I told Luciana it’s because he’s working,” Chica said. “I can see it is affecting them. They are not sleeping right. The other day Luciana woke up crying. She said she dreamed of her dad. He was right here with me? Where is he now, she said. She doesn’t understand why he isn’t home.”

She hopes Villavicencio returns home before Antonia turns 3 on Aug. 24. Chica, a medical assistant, said she works hard to pay the bills and keep food on the table, but there is one thing she can’t give them.

“I try to give them everything that they need, but I can’t give them Pablo,” she said. “He’s trying to stay positive. We all have that small hope that he will catch a break. If we lose hope, we lose everything.”

The pair met in 2012 through a mutual friend. Villavicencio confided that his plan was to work for a few years in the U.S. and return to Ecuador.

“We fell in love. He told me, You changed all of my plans. … I want a family with you,’ ” Chica recalled. “We just wanted a family together.”

Soon the couple found themselves saying their ‘I do’s’ in front of a civil judge in Queens.

“It was a very small wedding. He looked so handsome, so perfect. He had bought his first suit, a gray one. I still have it in the closet,” Chica said with a bittersweet smile. “He was so nervous. He was sweating a lot. He was shaking his fingers. He was really excited to have a family.”

10:04 AM - Jul 6, 2018 · Hempstead, NY5 See Edgar Sandoval's other Tweets Twitter Ads info and privacy They had two beautiful girls, and Pablo dedicated his life to working to provide for them, she recalled. He also wanted to settle his immigration status. He had applied for legal residency in February through his wife.

“He said, OK, we need to do something about this. He was trying to file the right paperwork. It takes time because it is expensive,” she said. “He was afraid of one day being detained. But we never thought it would happen this way.”

These days, Villavicencio is a shell of the man he was when they married, she said.

“To be honest, he’s scared. He looks like a different person. It is scary in there,” she said. “His eyes are different. He says, why me? There are a lot of people, why me?”

“But we have to keep fighting to bring him home,” she added. “We will be together again.”

Villavicencio Family, Advocates & Elected Officials Call On ICE To Release Pablo Villavicencio From Detention

Sandra Chica, Pablo Villavicencio's wife, pleads for ICE to release her husband.

Sandra Chica, Pablo Villavicencio's wife, pleads for ICE to release her husband.

The Legal Aid Society Submits
Formal Detention Release Request To Ice

The Legal Aid Society; Sandra Chica, wife of Pablo Villavicencio, and their children; New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson; Council Members Carlos Menchaca and Justin Brannan; members from Make The Road New York; and others gathered out front of the Jacob Javits Federal Building today demanding the release of Pablo Villavicencio from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) custody.

“Spending Father’s Day without my husband was unbelievably painful for me and my daughters,” said Sandra Chica, wife of Pablo Villavicencio. “Pablo’s detention is punishment that our entire family feels. We call on ICE to do the right thing and let him come home immediately.”

Last Saturday, a federal court judge temporarily stayed Mr. Villavicencio’s deportation to Ecuador. However, Mr. Villavicencio is still in ICE custody at Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

“Pablo’s continued detention is cruel and unjust, and it has caused incredible punitive hardship for the Villavicencio family,” said Jennifer Williams, Deputy Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. “His release is not only an issue of morals but one rooted in the law. The Legal Aid Society stands with the Villavicencio family and many others calling on ICE to release Pablo immediately.”

“Our community stands with Sandra and her children in demanding Pablo’s immediate release,” said Antonio Alarcon, immigration youth organizer with Make the Road New York. “Pablo belongs at home with his children, not locked in a cage by an out-of-control agency that just wants to tear apart our families. We will not rest until Pablo is free.”

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Council Member Carlos Menchaca with Legal Aid attorney Jennifer Williams

The Legal Aid Society submitted a formal request to ICE demanding Pablo’s release. The request argues:

Humanitarian factors warrant Mr. Villavicencio’s release including the significant emotional and financial hardship to his U.S. citizen wife and minor U.S. citizen daughters, his youngest daughter’s delicate medical conditions, his long-time residence in the United States, community ties, employment history, and tremendous community support, including from the highest elected officials of the City of New York demonstrate that Pablo is not a flight risk. Mr. Villavicencio has no criminal history, and is in no way a threat to public safety or national security. Mr. Villavicencio’s detention pending the resolution of his federal court claims, and investigations into the circumstances surrounding his detention, is unsupported law, and violates ICE’s own regulations. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is co-counsel with The Legal Aid Society in representing Mr. Villavicencio.

“Pablo is a contributing member of our great city. He provides for his family and takes care of his community. He has delivered pizzas to the Fort Hamilton Army Base multiple times with no incident. Detaining him obviously did not make us safer. On the contrary, it robbed a family of its breadwinner, placing their lives in unnecessary peril, and thereby showcasing how arbitrary and senseless our immigration system has become. The courts agree, which is why they issued a stay of deportation last week. However, only Pablo’s immediate release can correct for this injustice and we will not stop fighting until this happens,” said City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

Daily News: Pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio gets letters of support as his wife begs for his release

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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.

Brian Lehrer Show: Fighting Pablo Villavicencio's Deportation

Williams, with Council Member Menchaca (left) and NYC Council Speaker Cory Johnson (right)

Williams, with Council Member Menchaca (left) and NYC Council Speaker Cory Johnson (right)

Jennifer Williams, deputy attorney-in-charge of the Immigration Law Unit at Legal Aid Society, and Make The Road lead organizer Natalia Aristizabal talk about their last-ditch efforts to prevent the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio, detained by ICE after delivering a pizza to Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn.