Sonia Rincon

Attorney Files Emergency Stay Of Removal To Stop Deportation Of Pizza Deliveryman

June 08, 2018 - 4:41 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Several activists and elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are fighting to stop the deportation of a pizza deliveryman arrested by ICE agents after delivering a pie to Fort Hamilton last week.

Pablo Villavicencio was detained by military police last Friday at the Bay Ridge Army base. In addition to the support of the governor, he has no criminal record, an American wife and children and yet he still faces deportation to Ecuador, 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.

"The enforcement mechanism applied in Pablo’s case is inhumane, unjustifiable and should shock the conscience” said attorney Jennifer Williams, who filed an emergency stay of removal on behalf of detained pizza deliveryman Pablo Villavicencio.

"It's cruel that they had to separate my daughters from him," Villavincencio's wife Sandra Chica said.

She said he knew it was a risk but her husband needed to work. "Every day it was a risk for him but he said I need to work," Chica said.

On Thursday, Cuomo issued a statement saying, "detaining a hardworking man, separating a father from his children, and tearing apart communities doesn't make America safe."

"A wrong-minded immigration policy grounded in bias and cruelty doesn't make America great," he added.

City Councilmemnber Carlos Menchaca said he would like the governor's support to extend to driver's licenses for undocumented workers, Rincon reported. "So if they go to a place like Fort Hamilton they can be safe," Menchaca said.

There are still alot of questions about what happened in Brooklyn, Rincon reported.

In a statement, ICE agents said they offered Villavicencio a voluntary departure in 2010.

ICE is looking to deport Villavicencio as soon as Monday.