Pizza Delivery Man Granted Emergency Stay Against Deportation

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2018

"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".

A federal judge in NY has temporarily halted the deportation of a pizza delivery driver who was detained earlier this month while out on a delivery.

Pablo Villavicencio's imminent deportation was halted on Saturday, after a federal judge in Manhattan granted the Legal Aid Society's emergency habeas corpus petition.

Villavicencio's legal counsel filed an emergency stay in motion.

Jennifer Williams, a Legal Aid Society lawyer who is representing Villavicencio in the case, says her client has faith in the justice system.


Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said he went to deliver pizza to Fort Hamilton last week and was asked for identification by the guard who received him. 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. That search revealed a warrant for his arrest for violating an immigration judge's 2010 order to leave the U.S.

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.

There were also "conflicting reports", Copeland said, about whether Villavicencio had actually formally consented to a background check.

Villavicencio entered the United States illegally in 2008, in his mid-20s, according to the New York Times.

Cuomo said on Thursday that he spoke by phone with Chica to express his "deep frustration with the federal government's assault on New York's immigrant families".


In a Friday letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector General John Kelly, Cuomo said immigrant communities are being vilified and profiled as a result of ICE tactics. "The pattern of conduct demonstrated by ICE agents shows reckless contempt for the Constitution and runs counter to the agency's stated mission as well as federal and state law".

Immigrant advocate groups launched a public-relations campaign to urge release of the deliveryman within days of his arrest.

He's being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a facility in New Jersey.

Now Pablo Villavicencio (Рablo Villavicencio) is in custody of the immigration service pending departure from the country, said the press-Secretary of the ICE Rachel Yong Yu (Rachael Yong Yow). "There is absolutely no legitimate reason to proceed with an expedited removal and to do so would be inhumane". "The Constitutional guarantee of due process affords him that basic right".


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