Pizza delivery man detained by ICE wins stay of deportation

Villavicencio was detained when he tried to deliver to a military base.

ByABC News
June 09, 2018, 8:52 PM

A New York federal judge on Saturday blocked officials from deporting a Brooklyn pizza deliveryman who was detained by immigration authorities when he tried to deliver an order to a military base, his attorneys said.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan issued an emergency stay of the deportation, ordering immigration officials not to transfer Pablo Villavicencio out of the New York City area while he remains in their custody.

PHOTO: In this undated family photo provided by Sandra Chica, Pablo Villavicencio poses with his two daughters, Luciana, left, and Antonia.
In this undated family photo provided by Sandra Chica, Pablo Villavicencio poses with his two daughters, Luciana, left, and Antonia. After Villavicencio couldn't produce a New York State Driver's License for identification, a guard at the Fort Hamilton in the Brooklyn borough of New York called Immigration and Customs Enforcement on him as he tried to deliver a pizza to the military base. Villavicencio was detained by military police and handed over to ICE pending removal from the country.
Villavicencio Family Photo via AP

The stay is in effect until July 20, when Nathan will hear arguments on the case, the Legal Aid Society, which represents Villavicencio, said in a statement.

"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. "The Court agreed with our argument that Pablo should be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present his case in Federal Court.

"This decision is also a reminder that the judiciary can still serve as a powerful check when other branches of government make hasty, cruel and reckless decisions," the statement said. "The Legal Aid Society will continue to represent Pablo on immigration matters, and will work with him towards securing valid status."

PHOTO: Military police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn, June 7, 2018, in New York City.
Military police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn, June 7, 2018, in New York City. Delivery man Pablo Villavicencio, 35, arrived at the Fort Hamilton base last week to deliver a pizza and after showing his New York City identification card to the guard, immigration agents were called. Villavicencio, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador and father of two children, was arrested and could be deported back to Ecuador.
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Villavicencio, a father of two married to an American citizen, was detained by ICE on June 1 as he tried to make a delivery at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

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