Governor asks for federal probe of detained pizza man

U.S. military base calls immigration police on pizza delivery man

U.S. military base calls immigration police on pizza delivery man

"Although we are disappointed that Pablo will remain detained, today's stay is a victory for him and his family, and also for due process and the fair administration of justice", Legal Aid Society lawyer Gregory Copeland said. "We ask ICE to release him and let him come back to us".

"It's cruel", Sandra Chica, the man's wife, said at a press conference Wednesday.

"They treated me like a criminal". As such, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal and is an ICE fugitive.

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.

She and Villavicencio have two daughters, who are 3 and 2 years old and were born in the U.S.

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"I just spoke with Sandra Chica & expressed my deep frustration with the federal government's assault on NY's immigrant families".

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.

He ended up "signing a waiver permitting a background check", which revealed there was an active warrant for Villavicencio's deportation and prompted military police to call immigration agents, the base and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Despite his green card application, Villavicencio remains eligible for deportation, an ICE spokesperson told CNN. A spokesperson for the Legal Aid Society clarifies that the group, which is representing Villavicencio, does not receive any funding from the Liberty Defense Project.

"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. As Chica's request indicates, Cuomo has yet to issue an executive order granting undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses.

Though Villavicencio was supposed to have left the United States, he stayed to work, making him eligible to be deported.

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Chica said this was not the first time Villavicencio delivered pizza at the base. "I'm listening", New York 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".

But when he reached the delivery address, he said, he was confronted by another officer and was asked to show another form of identification, which he did not have.

News of the arrest sparked swift outrage.

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