Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of pizza worker

U.S. military base calls immigration police on pizza delivery man

U.S. military base calls immigration police on pizza delivery man

Though Villavicencio had a valid New York City identification card, which is available to all New York City residents regardless of citizenship, he was questioned by a guard after being unable to provide a driver's license, his wife told El Diario.

"Please ICE, do the right thing with my husband", said his wife, Sandra Chica.

According to a Fort Hamilton spokesperson, he was initially stopped by Military Police because he did not have the proper identification to deliver pizza to the base.

"Although we are disappointed that Pablo will remained detained, today's stay is a victory for him and his family, and also for due process and the fair administration of justice", Gregory Copeland, supervising attorney of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, said in the statement.

"This stay will allow him to pursue a meritorious form of relief from removal - adjustment of status for permanent residency - to remain with his family", the legal provider's statement said.

"I don't know what he meant when he said he'd find a lawyer", one Make The Road leader told Gothamist on Friday. "I confirmed with her that New York State, working with our partners, has secured pro-bono legal counsel to represent Mr. Villavicencio", he added in a separate tweet.

The 35-year-old was detained on June 1 while delivering food to the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

Jennifer Williams, Villavicencio's Legal Aid Society lawyer, said at a news conference Friday that she filed a motion to stop his removal and to allow Villavicencio to pursue legal residency through his wife, who is a USA citizen. "Further, his expedited removal will cause significant harm to his USA citizen wife and two young children who depend on Pablo for financial and emotional support".


"My daughters need me", he added.

Villavicencio would also need to have only crossed the border illegally once, as multiple crossings make it nearly impossible to get a spousal green card.

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

The Ecuadorian native ignored a court order to voluntarily leave the country in 2010 and instead married Chica, an American citizen, and settled down in Hempstead, LI.

New York City leaders said Villavicencio's detainment doesn't make sense.

"I haven't told them anything". Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brannan said.

Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, called it "absolutely disgusting". Both politicians said they were seeking answers from Fort Hamilton.

To do that he would need to show his wife would suffer "extreme hardship" without him, which Ray Fasano, former chair of the Federal Bar Association's immigration law said would be a "cake walk".

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