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New York Judge Halts Pizza Delivery Man's Deportation

New York Judge Halts Pizza Delivery Man's Deportation

Pablo Villavicencio and his two daughters.

In a letter to the ICE office in NY, the Democrat said Villavicencio's "expedited removal serves no legitimate public safety goal and the circumstances leading to his arrest and detention raise serious legal and policy concerns".

Villavicencio, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained June 1 at the Fort Hamilton base in Brooklyn while delivering an order from the brick-oven pizza restaurant in Queens where he worked. "Further, his expedited removal will cause significant harm to his US citizen wife and two young children who depend on Pablo for financial and emotional support". He got married to Sandra Chica, a USA citizen, eight years ago and had filed an application for citizenship.

An Army spokeswoman later told the Times that anyone trying to enter the base without a military ID gets a check, but Villavicencio said the sergeant came to the checkpoint and tried to stop his interrogation.

Villavicencio, the father of two little girls who were born in the United States, came to the USA a decade ago. The 35-year-old father of two will be detained at an Immigration and Custom enforcement facility in New Jersey until July 20, when a court hearing will be held.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the military police officers at the base then detained Villavicencio and turned him over to federal immigration officials.

Villavicencio's wife Sandra Chica said at a news conference last week that she is a U.S. citizen and that both of the couple's children were born in the U.S. She said Villavicencio applied for a green card in February.

New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca Chair of the council's Immigration Committee speaks at a news conference about Ecuadorean restaurant worker Pablo Villavicencio outside the offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New York Fr

"As a mom, I just want to protect them, that they don't suffer", she said.

"My daughters need me", he added.

UPDATE: Reached for comment, Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Governor Cuomo's office, tells Gothamist, "We are in contact with Pablo's family and have offered legal and other supportive services free of charge".

"I had one message for her: Anything we can do to help, we will do". As such, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal and is an ICE fugitive.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called the incident "shameful", and said the Trump administration's immigration policies are "inhumane, plain and simple" and do "not make our country safer". He showed his New York City identification card to the guard as he had done several times before, but the base said in a statement that he didn't have the proper identification, so he had to get a daily visitor pass. "I'm listening", New York City Councilman Justin Brannan said.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo requested the probe in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general.

Details about the suit were first reported by the New York Times.

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