Pizza delivery man detained by ICE wins stay of deportation

Leroy Wright
June 12, 2018

A federal judge has suspended an undocumented Ecuadorean man's deportation after he was detained and reported to immigration officials earlier this month while delivering pizza to a military base in New York City.

Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY stayed the deportation of 35-year-old Ecuadorian native Pablo Villavicencio Calderon until a hearing on July 20, The Legal Aid Society wrote on Twitter.

"Mr. Villavicencio is a father and loving husband, and his detention doesn't make us any safer", Cuomo said in a statement.

Immigration agents arrested Pablo Villavicencio, 35, at the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn, New York on Friday where he had gone to make a delivery.

He said he showed his New York State identification card at the security gate and was allowed inside. They actually know me and the sergeant knows me for some time doing delivery, ' he said.

Authorities claimed he had to get a daily pass inside because he lacked a Department of Defense ID, and submitted to a background check. The Army said he signed a waiver okaying a background check, and an active Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant was discovered.

Cuomo, a Democrat, also told her that a state-provided attorney has talked with Villavicencio, who is being held at a New Jersey facility.

Spencer Platt  Getty Images FILEMilitary police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn
Spencer Platt Getty Images FILEMilitary police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn

Chica, who was born in Colombia and moved to the US a decade ago, said she is a USA citizen.

Villavicencio filed for his green card in February and was waiting for a response when he was detained, said his wife, Sandra Chica. "Every day our daughters ask me why their dad is not coming home". "He is the center of our family and our main support". "Now, I'm alone with two kids".

"So from the beginning, I've been explaining that Daddy's going to be working for a couple of days and he's not going to be at home". In March 2010, he was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge, but failed to depart by July 2010 as ordered. As a result, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

He also noted that his youngest daughter suffers from a congenital heart defect, and filed letters his behalf from US Sen.

"Does the Army now have some new policy that demands all non-military personnel show proof of citizenship to gain access onto the Army base?" City Council member Justin Brannan asked the cameras. "Otherwise, what happened here?"

According to Nathan's faculty page on New York University Law School's website, she worked as an Associate National Counsel for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and then served a "voter protection coordinator" and adviser for the Obama campaign when he ran for office in 2008.

Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, whose district includes the base, called criticism of the arrest "just more insanity".

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