Judge Halts Deportation of Pizza Delivery Man-For Now

  • Judge Halts Deportation of Pizza Delivery Man-For Now

Judge Halts Deportation of Pizza Delivery Man-For Now

A NY 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.

"Although we are disappointed that Pablo will remain detained, today's stay is a victory for him and his family, and also for due process and the fair administration of justice", one of his lawyers, Gregory Copeland of the Legal Aid Society's Immigration Law Unit said, according to the group's Twitter account.

Judge Alison J. Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY ordered Saturday evening for the government to show why a temporary preliminary injunction should not be granted in the case of Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an Ecuadorean immigrant, according to Villavicencio's lawyers.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials took Villavicencio into custody after the 35-year-old illegal alien failed to produce a legal driver's license to enter a military base where he was trying to deliver pizza.

'He'a supporting the family and now I'm going to be by myself with them'. He slammed the detainment as an "outrageous affront" to NY values.

Redmond Haskins, a spokesman for The Legal Aid Society, a not-for-profit organization that provides free services to clients who can not afford them, said Villavicencio has no criminal record.

The two young daughters of the pizza guy grabbed up by immigration officers when he made a delivery to a Brooklyn military base still don't know why their daddy hasn't come home.

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

"Every time he called, he's just crying asking me about them", his wife said. "Now, I'm alone with two kids". He came to the USA illegally from Ecuador in 2008. That search revealed a warrant for his arrest for violating an immigration judge's 2010 order to leave the U.S.

He had been to the base several times before, presenting his NY city ID card that carries no mention of his immigration status. 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".

'He called the NYPD and the NYPD told him I didn't have any record, that I was clean. "I'm listening", Councilman Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) said. Unable to show the guard anything but a city identification card, his wife says the guard then contacted ICE officials who detained him.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.

He wrote that recent detentions by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement agents raise significant legal questions.