Statement by Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Detention of Pablo Villavicencio

“Pablo Villavicencio did not deserve to be detained by ICE – he deserves to be with his family. I fully support his wife Sandra in her call to immediately free Pablo from this unjust, unfair, and unnecessary detainment.

I have no idea how detaining a hardworking family man just for doing his job makes this country any safer, but I do know that until there is change in Washington DC, New York City will continue to fight against an overzealous ICE and against any federal policies that unjustly break families apart. New York City will continue to stand with Sandra and Pablo.”