Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pizza deliveryman wins emergency stay against deportation, Legal Aid Society says

Pizza deliveryman wins emergency stay against deportation, Legal Aid Society says

On June 1, Villavicencio-Calderon was detained by military police officers and turned over to ICE.

An undocumented father of two who was arrested while delivering pizza to a New York City Army base has been granted an emergency stay of deportation.

He will remain in ICE custody, but the stay affords him the chance to argue his case.

Cuomo has assured Pablo Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, that he will have legal counsel. But Villavicencio disputes this: in an interview from the jail in New Jersey where he is now detained, he told Telemundo, "At no time did I sign a document".

The guards then conducted a background check, which showed that Villavicencio had been ordered to leave the United States in 2010, but stayed.

Chica said Luciana was especially crushed on Friday when she "heard a noise outside where the garbage is, and she got so happy".

"The older one, she always asks me why daddy's in the news, and I say, 'Oh, it's because he's doing a good job, '" she said.

Nathan, whom Obama appointed in 2001, had a long history of working with Obama and other Democratic candidates before being appointed as a federal judge.

"They're asking me where he is, why he is not coming home at night, that they miss him, that they want to play with him", Chica told the network.

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".

"I don't know if it's going to be good or not to tell them the truth".

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

"We ask ICE to release him and come back to us", his wife said.

Villavicencio, who is married and has two daughters who are US citizens, agreed in 2010 to voluntarily depart the country after an immigration judge ordered him to depart the U.S.

"He was a tax-payer, contributor to our community entering this base, and now he went from being in this base - that's here to protect us - to prison", Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said.

He said he showed his New York State identification card at the security gate and was allowed inside.

"ICE may feel confident in its legal position, but our client's confidence in the judiciary, as well as the will of the American people, is stronger", said Jennifer Williams, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, which is representing Villavicencio. As such, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal and is an ICE fugitive.

Elected officials joined Villavicencio's wife and two young daughters for the press conference outside Fort Hamilton on Wednesday, slamming the delivery man's detention.

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