NY Governor Asks for Federal Probe of Detained Pizza Man

NY Governor Asks for Federal Probe of Detained Pizza Man

Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, said her husband was a hard-working father and his treatment was "inhuman".

"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", he said.

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

A statement issued by Fort Hamilton last Friday said Villavicencio attempted to make a delivery about 11 a.m. but lacked identification required to enter.

Villavicencio, his wife, and their children have gained the support of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Kathleen Rice and Nydia M. Velázquez; and Governor Cuomo.

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

Villavicencio, who is married and has two daughters who are US citizens, agreed in 2010 to voluntarily depart the country after an immigration judge ordered him to depart the U.S.

Fellow Ecuadorian restaurant that delivered pizza to the army garrison in Brooklyn, was arrested on 1 June.

Villavicencio showed a New York City identification card, also known as IDNYC, as he had done during previous deliveries. Not anymore. The New York pizza delivery man's attorneys at The Legal Aid Society won an emergency stay of removal.

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. A routine background check revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations.

When he failed to produce the required documents, the soldier detained him and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which established that the father of two girls, aged two and three, had been living illegally in the country since 2010.

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According to Copeland, the sergeant, who was not named, unsuccessfully tried to intervene.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security supporting the stay and requesting Villavicencio be released.

Pablo Villavicencio will remain in ICE custody but will not be deported just yet.

New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Chair of the council's Immigration Committee, speaks at a news conference about Ecuadorean restaurant worker Pablo Villavicencio, outside the offices of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in New York, Friday, June 8, 2018. "I call on your office to immediately investigate ICE tactics and ensure the rights of New Yorkers are being protected". "The proper course of action here is to stay Mr. Villavicencio's removal and release him from detention so that he may reunite with his family and participate in the proper adjudication of his case".

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