Support for detained pizza delivery man grows as hearing approaches

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK -

It's been 40 days since immigration agents detained a Brooklyn pizza delivery man who was on the job bringing food to the Fort Hamilton Army base, and his next hearing date is still two weeks away.

Pablo Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, says she's having a hard time explaining to their two daughters where their father is and why he can't come home.

MORE: Legal aid society seeks release of detained pizza delivery man

"He is not eating well," she says. "Sometimes he is scared. We are still positive, and we are still fighting, but this has been like a really long nightmare, a long month for all of us."

Villavicencio is scheduled to learn whether or not he can stay in the United States at a July 24 hearing in Manhattan. He's currently in custody at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey.

New Yorkers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have rallied on his behalf. In an open letter, the governor called for his release. 

And a number of New York City Council members, including Justin Brennan and Carlos Menchaca, have asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the courts to let him stay in the country.

As News 12 has reported, Villavicencio's wife and children are all American citizens.

During his detention, he's missed Father's Day, a daughter's birthday and his fifth wedding anniversary.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • 70th Emmy Awards

    70th Emmy Awards

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The 70th Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Florence ravages communities in the Carolinas

    Florence ravages communities in the Carolinas

    Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

    Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina early Friday, pushing a life-threatening storm surge of floodwater miles inland and ripping apart buildings with screaming wind and pelting rain.

  • Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

    Got $1,100? Apple shows off its most expensive iPhone yet

    Apple's newest iPhone will again test the limits of how much people are willing to pay for the latest technology.

    Apple's newest iPhone will again test the limits of how much people are willing to pay for the latest technology.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."