An illegal immigrant pizza deliveryman could be spared deportation if he can show his American wife would suffer' extreme hardship' without him.
An Ecuadorean restaurant worker making a delivery to an Army garrison in Brooklyn wound up being detained June 1 after a routine background check at the gate revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations, officials said.
Officials say that check on Villavicencio showed he had an active ICE warrant for remaining in the country after missing a voluntary deadline to leave.
Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said he went to deliver pizza to Fort Hamilton last week and was asked for identification by the guard who received him. Villavicencio, who worked at a pizzeria an hour away by auto in Queens, produced a city identification card, but the official told him he wanted to see a state driver's license, Chica said.
'They've got two little kids, so she'd have to struggle as a single mom, ' he told the New York Post.
The two young daughters of the pizza guy grabbed up by immigration officers when he made a delivery to a Brooklyn military base still don't know why their daddy hasn't come home.
Chica said Luciana was especially crushed on Friday when she "heard a noise outside where the garbage is, and she got so happy". "I did not commit a crime", he said in Spanish.
'He'a supporting the family and now I'm going to be by myself with them'.
State Sen. Martin J. Golden commended the authorities who took Villavicencio into custody.
Details about the suit were first reported by the New York Times. "As a father of three daughters, I can't imagine the fear she and Pablo are feeling right now". "I confirmed with her that New York State, working with our partners, has secured pro-bono legal counsel to represent Mr. Villavicencio", he added in a separate tweet.
Chica, who was born in Colombia and moved to the US a decade ago, said she is a USA citizen. "Further, his expedited removal will cause significant harm to his USA citizen wife and two young children who depend on Pablo for financial and emotional support".
"I am writing to request that your office launch an investigation into the conduct of ICE agents to ensure they are abiding by the rule of law", Cuomo wrote. At a press conference in Federal Plaza, Villavicencio's attorneys and supporters called on ICE to recognize the stay, and urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to take further action to protect New York's immigrant community. As a result, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. He had made deliveries to the base before.
"The older one, she always asks me why daddy's in the news, and I say, 'Oh, it's because he's doing a good job, '" she said.