Stories

Undocumented NYC pizza delivery man faces deportation after ICE call

Protestors rally in support of Pablo Villavicencio. Photo: Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images

"He Delivered Pizza to an Army Base in Brooklyn. Now He Faces Deportation" — N.Y. Times' Liz Robbins on the plight of Pablo Villavicencio, an undocumented pizza delivery man.

The backdrop: "According to his wife, Sandra Chica, he presented a New York City identification card, as he had done in the past. The card, provided through a program called IDNYC, was supposed to give undocumented immigrants a method of proving their identification when dealing with city agencies."

  • "But on that day, Ms. Chica said, it was not enough for the military police officer on duty, who said Mr. Villavicencio needed a driver’s license, which he did not have."
  • "A background check revealed an open order of deportation from 2010. Military personnel detained him and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who took him into custody."
  • Justin Brannan, a Democratic city councilman representing Brooklyn: “Is this city, state and nation safer because they took a pizza delivery guy off the street?”