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Man detained after NYC pizza delivery granted emergency stay

A pizza deliveryman was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers during a delivery to a Brooklyn Army base A pizza deliveryman was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers during a delivery to a Brooklyn Army base
Melinda Barton | 11 June, 2018, 03:49

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the deportation of a pizza deliveryman who was detained after delivering food to an army base in NY.

Despite being in the dark about their father's predicament, Chica said the girls perked up on Sunday, a day after Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan blocked his deportation pending a July 20 hearing.

The Ecuador native was delivering pizza June 1 to the Fort Hamilton Army base, as he had many times before, when military police at the base asked for identification.

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

'They've got two little kids, so she'd have to struggle as a single mom, ' he told the New York Post.

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.

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.

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 what he meant when he said he'd find a lawyer", one Make The Road leader told Gothamist on Friday.

"My daughters need me", he added.

'I have been there before and always go in and never have had any problems.

He would have to get a waiver as people who have spent more than a year in the USA illegally can't re-enter for a decade.

According to an ICE spokesperson, the pizza delivery man was ordered by a judge to leave the country in 2010, and has been a "ICE fugitive" ever since.

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

U.S. media report that his wife is a USA citizen and he has now filed an application for residency. Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brannan said.

But he remains locked up at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Kearny, N.J., pending arguments over his motion for a writ of habeas corpus and a temporary injunction barring his deportation. 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 page to cover his legal expenses and help his wife and children has so far raised $28,000 in four days. "He should be immediately released from ICE custody and an investigation should be launched into the circumstances of his arrest".