"They will no longer be delivering food there."

The detainment of Pablo Villavicencio, a 35-year-old immigrant from Ecuador, while delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton on Wednesday has made restaurants wary of delivering to the Brooklyn military base.


Rafi Cohen works with ​Orders2.me, which manages the websites and online ordering systems for many restaurants around Dyker Heights, Sunset Park and Bensonhurst neighborhoods.


He told Pluralist that the company has received several calls from restaurant owners and managers following the incident requesting not to deliver to the base.


"I can't comment or list any specific restaurants," Cohen said. "I can say that we have received several calls...with request to...remove the Fort Hamilton Army Base from their delivery zones."


"They will no longer be delivering food there," he said. 


“We don’t need a problem with them,” Julianna Oliverio, a cashier at Goustaro deli in Bay Ridge, said to ​New York Daily News on Thursday. "We don’t tell our guys to go in there. Have them meet them at the gate.”

BACKSTORY

While delivering pizza to the Fort Hamilton base, ​​Villavicencio, was asked for proof of citizenship. Failing to provide documentations, he was held up by a military police officer, who informed the ​Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


He was transferred to a base in New Jersey over the weekend in the custody of ICE agents, and is pending deportation.


Bay Ridge Councilman Justin Brannan held a press conference outside the base Wednesday morning, stating that "the arrest of Pablo with a municipal ID is sending shockwaves throughout the immigrant community."


A bit of data: According to a May 2018 study conducted by George Washington University, "adverse immigration impacts were associated with at least a 300 percent increase in the odds of a parent having high psychological distress."


Moreover, "worrying about youth's education, perceiving negative impacts on the family, being stopped/questioned/harassed, and considering leaving the United States appeared to be especially harmful," the study said.