(Saint) Pablo Villavicencio Arrested for Domestic Violence

Remember Pablo Villavicencio? The devoted family man? The “model citizen” according to the federal judge who set him free last month (except that he isn’t a citizen; he’s an illegal alien who another judge had ordered deported in 2010)? The martyr, persecuted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who arrested him on an out-standing warrant when he attempted to deliver a pizza to Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn without the required documentation to enter a military base?

Yes, that Pablo Villavicencio.

Well, Pablo didn’t stay out of the news very long. Last week the devoted family man and “model citizen” was arrested by Long Island police on domestic violence charges. The criminal complaint against him alleges that he assaulted his wife, Sandra Chica, during an argument, when things got heated and she tried to call the police.

Villavicencio’s character, aside from the fact that he was in the country illegally, may have played a role in the immigration judge’s decision to issue a deportation order in 2010. But none of that was important to the Abolish ICE movement when they made him their cause’s Joan of Arc.

Back in June, there were tearful vigils held to protest ICE’s “cruelty” for breaking up the Villavicencio household over “minor” facts like violating U.S. immigration laws, being a fugitive from justice, working illegally, etc. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then facing an Abolish ICE primary challenger (Cuomo merely labeled ICE a “bunch of thugs”), put the full moral weight of the State of New York behind the martyred Villavicencio. “While the federal government continues its un-American assault on immigrants, New York will stand with our immigrant communities and strive to uphold the values embodied by the (Statue of Liberty),” Cuomo declared.

Oh, and the two teams of lawyers who were representing Villavicencio in his righteous struggle against ICE have sent a bill to the federal government for their services: Roughly $190,000. For the record, the meticulous bookkeepers at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton want the taxpayers to pony up exactly $139,514.02, while the Legal Aid Society of New York is asking for $69,245.70. (Debevoise & Plimpton is as posh as its name suggests. The firm employs more than 600 lawyers and had revenues of $822 million in 2017.) Justice may be blind, but she ain’t cheap.

Villavicencio is once again in custody, which raises an interesting question. When the protestors gather outside the courthouse for his next hearing, will they be carrying “Free Pablo” signs or “I Believe Sandra” placards?

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


  1. avatar

    Yes, it’s enough to make liberal eyes cross with the contradictions. On one hand, “every woman must be believed”. On the other, if she is believed it adds yet another reason for the government to argue to deport him.

    And for the judge to refuse to deport him because he is supposedly a “model citizen” is just yet another in the endless stream of activist judges ruling on feelings and not the law. He is here illegally and the government has the right under specific laws to deport him.

    As noted he attempted to enter the base to deliver a pizza without the required identification. How clueless do you have to be to do that? It’s asking for trouble. And when the guards reported him he claimed it was, get ready, a violation of his rights. The guards were doing their job to report someone trying to enter the base under those conditions. How did they know who he was and that he didn’t have bad intentions?

  2. avatar

    I live 3 hours from San Francisco in Salinas Ca. and I know exactly what you mean. I keep hearing the statement “We have taken over”.
    I can’t help but wonder what exactly has been taken over. Our City is completely destroyed by illegal overpopulation, crime, corruption, and filth. So what is left? And who will pay their bills now? If they have taken over then the US Government would no longer be responsible for their Social Services. Food stamps, medical, and housing etc. Who will provide that now? The Cartel? I thought the whole reason for leaving their Country was to get away from that, yet they come here and still want to be under that leadership. Amazing.

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    If a person needs a stark example of the decline of a present-day sanctuary city that was once great and civilized, one only needs to watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie “Vertigo” with Jimmy Stewart and view the scenes of 1950s San Francisco. Then fast forward to the modern-day sanctuary city of San Francisco which is an open sewer in more ways than one.

    It is beyond me why anyone in a lot of other parts of the country would look at modern day San Francisco and say, “Yes, let’s replicate that here and vote for Nancy Pelosi as the next Speaker of the House.” But it’s a free country and people can vote for whatever they want. It that is their idea of “progress” they certainly can vote for it.