Illegal immigrant pizza worker's deportation temporarily blocked by judge's ruling

  • Illegal immigrant pizza worker's deportation temporarily blocked by judge's ruling

Illegal immigrant pizza worker's deportation temporarily blocked by judge's ruling

A federal court temporarily blocked a pizza delivery man's deportation one week after he was turned over to immigration officials while trying to drop off food at a military base in NY.

Cuomo also said speed with which ICE is moving to deport Villavicencio threatens to violate his rights, his family's due process rights and creates "an unnecessary humanitarian crisis in New York State".

"Although we are disappointed that Pablo will remain detained, today's (emergency) stay is a victory for him and his family", Legal Aid Society supervising attorney Gregory Copeland said in a statement Saturday.

"The support from all corners of the city shows that New York City is supporting immigrants", she continued.

"Immigrant New Yorkers like Pablo Villavicencio provide for their families by working hard and making sacrifices, they shouldn't be ripped from their communities and their crying children for pursuing the ever dimmer American dream", he said.

Pablo Villavicencio was taken into custody on June 1, 2018, at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn and now faces deportation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday offered the deliveryman and his family free legal help.

"I don't know what he meant when he said he'd find a lawyer", one Make The Road leader told Gothamist on Friday.

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

He would have to get a waiver as people who have spent more than a year in the USA illegally can't re-enter for a decade. Now, I'm going to be by myself, along with two kids.

But when he reached the delivery address, he said, he was confronted by another officer and was asked to show another form of identification, which he did not have.

Villavicencio ended up "signing a waiver permitting a background check", which revealed there was an active warrant for his deportation and prompted military police to call immigration agents. In March 2010, he was granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge, but failed to depart by July 2010 as ordered.

An Army spokeswoman told The New York Times that if visitors don't have a military identification card, they have to get a pass that requires a background check.

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

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

Chica and the two girls attended a news conference in front of the army base Wednesday along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Justin Brannan.

When one guard said the card wasn't valid and that Villavicencio needed a driver's license, he replied that he didn't have one.