A soldier called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a pizza delivery man after he made a delivery to a military base in New York City, El Diario reported.
Pablo Villavicencio was arrested on Friday after delivering the pizza to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
Villavicencio’s wife, Sandra Chica, said Villavicencio was then taken to an immigration jail in Manhattan, where he contacted her, according to the report.
“As usual, he went to the military base to deliver a pizza order. But this time, the guard — whom he identified as African American — asked him for a valid identification document, and since he didn’t have one, the soldier called immigration to arrest him,” Chica told El Diario.
Chica, who is an American citizen, said she met Villavicencio five years ago, got married and now have two daughters. In February, they began to apply for Villavicencio to get residency status.
“There aren’t any words that can define the drama that my daughters and I are living,” Chica said. “From one moment to the next, life changed for us and all I ask for now is for them to not deport my husband, to give him an opportunity.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams (D) and City Council Member Justin Brannan (D) — who both represent Fort Hamilton — are expected to ask for answers concerning Villavicencio’s arrest, Kings County Politics reported.
Activists have called for Villavicencio to be released, for an investigation of the military base and for the base to stop collaborating with ICE, El Diario reported.