"He should be immediately released from ICE custody and an investigation should be launched into the circumstances of his arrest."
A federal judge in New York City has halted the deportation of a pizza delivery man at least until a hearing next month.
Judge Alison Nathan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Saturday evening ruled in favor of Brooklyn Pizza Delivery man
A spokeswoman from ICE said Villavicencio was granted voluntary departure in March 2010 by an immigration judge but had failed to leave. His departure order had become a final order of removal. Villavicencio entered the country illegally in 2008 and has no criminal record.
The removal of non-criminal migrants has been part of the Trump administration's hardline stance on immigration policy, which has engendered fear and outrage among many Americans. In response, Democrats have taken up immigration enforcement reform as a key aspect of the "resistance" to Trump.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday continued a public campaign he has waged along with other prominent Democrats on behalf of the immigrant from Ecuador, tweeting that
There’s compelling evidence that Pablo Villavicencio was improperly detained. He should be immediately released from ICE custody and an investigation should be launched into the circumstances of his arrest. https://t.co/PXrWZYrr2O— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 10, 2018
Cuomo, who is running for reelection in November, even offered to pay for Villavicencio's legal fees through the Legal Defense Project, which announced the judge's decision.
Villavicencio's case made headlines last week after he was detained by ICE while delivering pizza to the
Villavicencio had delivered to the base without incident on several prior occasions, according to his wife and Justin Brannan
Some restaurants have responded to the news by boycotting delivery to the base.
“This is unhuman,” said
Chica said she is a US citizen who migrated from Colombia a decade ago. The couple has two daughters who were born in the US.