Pizza Man to get Deported by ICE after Delivering Food to Military Base

Pablo Villavicencio and his wife, Sandra Chico, along with their two children. His wife is a naturalized citizen from Colombia. His kids were born in the U.S.

Carlos Miller

He said he had delivered to the base many times before without any problem.

Pablo Villavicencio was probably hoping for a nice tip when he delivered an order of pasta to a sergeant at an army base in Brooklyn last week, especially because it required him to drive for more than an hour.

But the Ecuadorian man ended up detained and handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement who are preparing to deport him next week.

Now New York politicians are questioning if Villavicencio's arrest made the streets any safer.

"It goes against everything we believe in" said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Detaining a hardworking man, separating a father from his children and tearing apart communities doesn't make America safe, and a wrong minded immigration policy grounded in bias and cruelty doesn't make America great."

But, of course, many Americans will disagree, believing guys like Villavicencio are simultaneously stealing jobs while collecting welfare benefits.

So if that was a case, there is probably a job opening at Nonna Delia's where he worked delivering pizza.

The restaurant is located in Queens and the Fort Hamilton military base is about an hour's drive away in Brooklyn, a trip Villavicencio had made several times before to deliver to the same sergeant.

So the food must be very good considering the number of established pizzerias in Brooklyn that are much closer to the base. It maintains a solid four stars on Yelp.

Villavicencio made his final delivery on June 1 when he was detained. He said the sergeant who had ordered the food came to his defense but to no avail.

“The sergeant was telling the man … he had no business calling ICE, he just has to verify I had no problems and let [me] through,” Villavicencio told the New York Post.

On the previous occasions, Villavicencio used a municipal identification card issued by New York City called the IDNYC which is meant to be used by undocumented immigrants, homeless people, former prisoners and senior citizens; people who may not have a state-issued identification.

However, there was a new guard at the gate who wanted to know more about Villavicencio, even calling the New York City Police Department, who told him they have never arrested the man.

But the guard insisted he needed to apply for a daily visitor's pass, which required a background check. Villavicencio even signed a waiver, allowing them to conduct a background search, probably just wanting to hurry up and deliver the pasta.

And that was when they learned that an immigration judge had ordered him to voluntarily leave the country in 2010 after he overstayed his visa. But that was a civil case, not a criminal case, according to CNN.

Governor Cuomo said he has secured pro bono legal representation for Villacienco through the Legal Defense Project, which supports immigrants.

Villacicencio is married to a Colombian woman who is a United States citizen and has two children who were born in this country. He also applied for a green card in February but that has no bearing on deportation procedures.

No word yet on whether Nonna's Delia will continue delivering food to the Fort Hamilton military base.

Comments (3)
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That's sad. Being a pizza man is quite difficult. You live in a high pace, all day afoot, the physical load is high. Thankfully, services like help to make their work easier because you can find required postcodes and addresses in no time.


I don’t know what the left is griping about. Everyone who goes on a military base is required to show identification. The military randomly does background checks, which you agree to when you request base access. If I try to go on a base and have a warrant, the base will call the local LEO. It has nothing at all to do with immigration.

The failure is by the Pizza joint, which isn’t doing its required work eligibility test, and the idiot delivery person, who thinks he can drive without a license and be in country illegally. The last time a U.S. citizen ACCIDENTALLY did that in Mexico he was imprisoned, beaten and tortured for months on end.

The pizza delivery illegal alien should praise God he’s only getting deported.


Stealing a job or not, it's irrelevant. He broke the law when he overstayed his visa. He also was driving without having a license. Time for him to be deported.

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