Man Facing Deportation After Testifying Against Daughter’s Molester, Family Says

Anaheim, Calif. -- An Anaheim man picked up by immigration officials after appearing in court to seek a restraining order against his daughter's molester could be deported Tuesday, his family said, according to KTLA.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Marcos Villanueva in August, just two days after he testified in court to defend his 12-year-old daughter, according to his lawyer.

She had accused her 51-year-old uncle of molesting her, attorney Willard Bakeman told KTLA. A judge dismissed the case in July due to lack of evidence, the O.C. Register reported.

The family believes the uncle tipped off ICE in retaliation, Bakeman said.

The 40-year-old father, who's being held at a facility near Irvine, had no criminal record, according to his lawyer.

“This is probably the most unjust and unfair case I’ve ever seen," Bakeman told KTLA. He called Villanueva's situation an example of ICE targeting victims rather than criminals.

Bakeman said the restraining order Villanueva's family had been seeking was not granted, and that the man who molested Villanueva's daughter lived two doors away from their home. The attorney said as soon as Tuesday, Villanueva could be deported to Honduras, where he would likely be kidnapped and killed.

According to ICE, an immigration judge ordered Villanueva's deportation in 2005.

Bakeman told the O.C. Register that Villanueva failed to go to court at the time because the notice didn't indicate a time or location.

He also told the paper the man has a "good" claim for asylum that has not been heard.

ICE, meanwhile, said anyone who violates immigration laws are subjected to be removed from the U.S.

"While ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security, the agency does not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement," public affairs officer Lauren Mack said in a statement.

4 comments

  • lickerblisters

    I don’t care who he testified against, he’s here illegally. Get him the hell out of here! If he didn’t bring his daughter and himself in our country illegally the uncle wouldn’t have ever been able to molest her.

  • jsrant

    So your here illegally most likely working under the table, not paying taxes, sucking off the system. Deport his azz and then he will join the next caravan and do it all over again. And you wonder why we get p.o.ed.

  • straubdavid9

    This is how it happens ….. you come into this country illegally and eventually something happens ie. a car accident etc etc etc and then your illegal azz gets busted …. finally …… see ya! You had a good run hiding and not showing up, but eventually, well …… the law catches up to you. Do you think you should be allowed to stay because you have eluded the immigration laws of the USA for X amount of years? In what other country on the planet does that kind of logic work?

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