Defend Pablo

Fort Hamilton Army Base, ICE, Mayor de Blasio

On June 1st 2018, Pablo Villavicencio was delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton Army base in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He was asked about his immigration status, detained, and turned over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) by staff at the army base. Pablo was reportedly taken to an immigration jail in Manhattan. Pablo’s wife, Sandra Chica, and his two daughters are now in fear of having their family broken up, depriving a 4 year old and a 3 year old of their father.

Pablo was profiled and targeted while doing his job. The army base staff had no authority or right to interrogate Pablo about his immigrant status. These actions reflect the spread and emboldening of anti-immigrant animus in our communities, and in our local and national politics. They put the safety and well-being of an immigrant family at risk. They amount to nothing less than a racist and malicious attack on Pablo, and by extension the immigrant community, including the 11,800 military families currently facing deportation. This incident will add to the fear and insecurity experienced by undocumented immigrants in public spaces, in their workplaces, and even in their homes.

Undocumented immigrants contribute over $11 billion in taxes every year. They (we) are members of our communities who help to keep this city running, who contribute with our talents, our time, and our labor. More importantly, undocumented immigrants are human beings with the right to live without fear of an anti-immigrant militia invading their communities and ripping their families apart. Yet, for too many years, immigrants have endured the violence of racism and deportation. Under the Obama administration 2.5 million immigrants experienced that violence. Under the Trump administration 240,000 were deported in 2017 alone.

We the undersigned, as social justice activists, as Bay Ridge/NYC community members, as immigrants, and as workers, will fight not to allow Pablo and Sandra’s family to become part of this pattern, in keeping with our fight to bring these statistics down to 0. And so, we demand the following from Fort Hamilton Army Base, ICE, and Mayor de Blasio:

  1. The release of Pablo Villavicencio from immigration detention and the termination of any deportation proceedings involving him.

  2. The establishment of sanctuary policies at Fort Hamilton Army base to protect undocumented immigrants visiting, living, or working at the army base. These new standards should, at minimum, prohibit the interrogation of any visitors’ immigration status and codify an absolute policy of non-collaboration with immigration enforcement authorities.

  3. The enhancement of NYC sanctuary city practices which failed to protect Pablo and thousands others.  New policies should protect undocumented immigrant workers from harassment and profiling in the workplace. That is the very least deserved by immigrant workers who contribute over $1 billion in NY taxes every year and add $40 billion to New York’s annual economic output.



Petition by
Yasmine Kamel
Brooklyn, New York

To: Fort Hamilton Army Base, ICE, Mayor de Blasio
From: [Your Name]

On June 1st 2018, Pablo Villavicencio was delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton Army base in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He was asked about his immigration status, detained, and turned over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) by staff at the army base. Pablo was reportedly taken to an immigration jail in Manhattan. Pablo’s wife, Sandra Chica, and his two daughters are now in fear of having their family broken up, depriving a 4 year old and a 3 year old of their father.

Pablo was profiled and targeted while doing his job. The army base staff had no authority or right to interrogate Pablo about his immigrant status. These actions reflect the spread and emboldening of anti-immigrant animus in our communities, and in our local and national politics. They put the safety and well-being of an immigrant family at risk. They amount to nothing less than a racist and malicious attack on Pablo, and by extension the immigrant community, including the 11,800 military families currently facing deportation. This incident will add to the fear and insecurity experienced by undocumented immigrants in public spaces, in their workplaces, and even in their homes.

Undocumented immigrants contribute over $11 billion in taxes every year. They (we) are members of our communities who help to keep this city running, who contribute with our talents, our time, and our labor. More importantly, undocumented immigrants are human beings with the right to live without fear of an anti-immigrant militia invading their communities and ripping their families apart. Yet, for too many years, immigrants have endured the violence of racism and deportation. Under the Obama administration 2.5 million immigrants experienced that violence. Under the Trump administration 240,000 were deported in 2017 alone.

We the undersigned, as social justice activists, as Bay Ridge/NYC community members, as immigrants, and as workers, will fight not to allow Pablo and Sandra’s family to become part of this pattern, in keeping with our fight to bring these statistics down to 0. And so, we demand the following from Fort Hamilton Army Base, ICE, and Mayor de Blasio:

2. The release of Pablo Villavicencio from immigration detention and the termination of any deportation proceedings involving him.

2. The establishment of sanctuary policies at Fort Hamilton Army base to protect undocumented immigrants visiting, living, or working at the army base. These new standards should, at minimum, prohibit the interrogation of any visitors’ immigration status and codify an absolute policy of non-collaboration with immigration enforcement authorities.

3. The enhancement of NYC sanctuary city practices which failed to protect Pablo and thousands others. New policies should protect undocumented immigrant workers from harassment and profiling in the workplace. That is the very least deserved by immigrant workers who contribute over $1 billion in NY taxes every year and add $40 billion to New York’s annual economic output.