Grassroots groups and local politicians will rally in Manhattan Wednesday on behalf of a Queens couple facing deportation despite the threat of persecution in their native Colombia.


Physical therapist Juan Villacis was detained Nov. 15 after a routine check in as required as part of his asylum request.


But instead of receiving an expected stay of deportation, Villacis was separated from his family, locked in a New Jersey jail cell and can get kicked out of the country any day.


“They wouldn’t even let us say goodbye,” said Liany Villacis, 22, one of Villacis’ twin daughters. “We couldn’t even hug him. We were shocked. I went completely pale.”


She said the family left Colombia in 2000 when they began receiving death threats related to their political activism.


“They had pictures of my sister and I going to school and parks,” Villacis said.


The family moved to Ecuador, but after less than a year, the police said they couldn’t guarantee their safety.


The next stop was the United States, where they arrived with a B2 visitors visa.


The girls were 5. Their asylum bid was denied as was their appeal years later in 2013. Since then, they have received a stay of removal, working, paying taxes and going to school.


Villacis graduated this year from Baruch College with a degree in finance. Her sister, Maria, is scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in communications. She hopes her dad will be around for the ceremony.


She hopes her dad will be around for Thanksgiving.


“We’ve never been in a jail before,” Maria Villacis said after a visit with her father. “We were behind a soundproof partition. We had to pick up the phone like in the movies. We could see the darkness in his dark eyes.”


Her mother’s eyes are dark too.


Liany Guerrero is so worried about her husband’s fate that she nearly overlooked her own immigration issues.


Guerrero, 57, said she was given to Jan. 15, 2018 to voluntarily leave the country or be deported


“They gave me no time,” Guerrero said. “It’s impossible. They said I have to have a one-way ticket to Colombia. They can remove me at any time. Oh my God, it was terrible. I was in shock. They didn’t say anything. I asked, `Why, why?’ They gave me no explanation.”


The family’s lawyer, Jillian Hopman, said she has never seen anything like it.


“Outrage is an understatement,” Hopman said. “This is the only time in my career this has happened. They are the best people. They paid their taxes since 2001, before they had any real status. All they’ve done is work hard.”


Though it all, the detention, the threat of deportation, the Thanksgiving without her husband, Guerrero said she can’t imagine a better place than America.


“I love this country,” Guerror said. “I found everything here.”

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