June 21, 2018

Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of pizza worker

13 June 2018, 08:19 | Taylor George

Villavicencio Family

Chica Pablo Villavicencio poses with his two daughters Luciana left and Antonia

The temporary emergency stay was awarded to Pablo Villavicencio, 35, on Saturday with the help of attorneys with the Legal Aid Society, a law firm that aids low-income families and individuals. "We ask ICE to release him and let him come back to us".

Villavicencio entered the country illegally in 2008, reports the Times, and he has no criminal record.

"Please ICE, do the right thing with my husband", his wife Sandra Chica said earlier this week. The soldier responded, "I don't care", and called ICE, Villavicencio told the New York Post.

Villavicencio, who worked at Nonna Delia's pizzeria, an hour away by auto in Queens, produced a city identification card, but the official told him he wanted to see a state driver's license, Chica said.

Pablo Villavicencio was taken into custody on June 1, 2018, at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn and now faces deportation.

The guards detained him, called ICE officers, and he was arrested.

An active ICE warrant for Villavicencio was on file because he had not complied with an immigration judge's voluntary departure order in 2010.

Spencer Platt  Getty Images FILEMilitary police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn
Spencer Platt Getty Images FILEMilitary police enter the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn

The father of two has an open green card application, CBS2's Jessica Moore reported. "We're really going to suffer if he's deported".

"The circumstances of this case, including the arrest and detention of Mr. Villavicencio and the remarkable speed with which it appears he is being removed, reflects a pattern of conduct which I have previously raised with ICE as unconscionable and seemingly targeted directly at NY residents", Cuomo said in the letter. A Cuomo rep did not respond to a Gothamist inquiry about the promised legal support, or the possibility of an executive order granting driver's licenses to immigrants. The suit also stated that Villavicencio is applying for legal residency, although no evidence of this has been brought forward. A routine ID check showed an outstanding deportation warrant from 2010. Brooklyn City Councilman Justin Brannan said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took to Twitter after the stay was granted, saying "delivering pizza is not a risk to public safety".

United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton said in a statement this week that at around 11 a.m. on June 1 a person tried to gain access to the base without valid Department of Defense identification. "I$3 would expect nothing less from the Fort Hamilton commander and its dedicated personnel who have committed their lives to protecting our citizens and country", Republican State Senator Martin J. Golden told the New York Times. He said that a state-provided attorney had talked with Villavicencio, who is being held at a New Jersey facility.

A march to protest the pending deportation in Bay Ridge Wednesday night led to seven arrests.

News of the arrest sparked swift outrage.

Hearn calls Wilder's bluff on Joshua title fight
Wilder now holds the WBC title, with Joshua holding the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, and the fight will see the victor taking all of it home.

Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner merger opposed by Trump
AT&T's stock fell as much as 2.5% and shares were up as much as 5.3% to more than $100 per share in after-hours trading Tuesday. The judge's ruling will likely be seen by tech and telecom giants as a green light to pursue a slew of major media acquisitions.

Elon Musk delivers first 1000 flamethrowers, value rockets on eBay
The announcement of the flamethrower sales followed the company selling roughly 50,000 hats for $20 each, raising $1m in revenue. The most eager customers can forgo the bidding process and pay the eBay "buy it now price", which is as high as $20,000.

Other News

Trending Now

Two Vulnerable Senate Incumbents at Center of Tuesday Primaries
But the 10 also heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, voting for the Democrat by almost 10 points. The state's tilt toward Democrats in recent years gives the party reason for some optimism.

Fortnite Pro-Am features 100 athletes, gaming influences and more
For European players, it will be available to download from the Nintendo eShop at around 11pm BST, and is out now in the US. Save the World is a co-op sandbox survival game that is available now in paid early access on console and PC.

President Trump: Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'
Trump's latest twitter tirade came after he arrived in Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. On Tuesday, Trump said: "We have a big trade deficit with's close to $100 billion a year deal loss".

Tearful Dennis Rodman: 'I Knew Things Were Going to Change'
RODMAN: It is fantastic , it is wonderful , when I said those damn things, when I went back home, I got so many death threats. White House and Trump himself had earlier said that former-basketball player wasn't invited for the summit.