'Pizza Guy' detained by ICE in New York is finally free
Pablo Villavicencio, better known as "the pizza guy," made headlines after being detained when he delivered an order to a military base. Two months later, he has been released.
Despite the anti-immigrant measures of the Trump administration, there are still judicial filters that allow the right things to be done.
One of the cases of justice for immigrants has been that of Pablo Villavicencio, a 32-year-old Ecuadorian immigrant who was detained two months ago at a military base in southern Brooklyn where he often delivered pizzas.
On a day like any other, Villavicencio arrived at the facilities and identified himself with his identity card from New York City. But this time he was not allowed access and the personnel of the base looked into his background, finding that the young man was in the U.S. since 2010 without the regulatory documentation and that he had a deportation order against him.
Despite being married to a U.S. citizen, not having a criminal record, and having two daughters born in the country, Villavicencio was arrested and handed over to immigration and customs agents to begin his final deportation process.
As his wife told Telemundo-47 in June, Pablo came to the United States seeking asylum "after receiving threats in Ecuador for being an LGBTQ activist.” The Ecuadorian had already introduced the necessary paperwork to receive his residence and handed over the documents showing that he had been paying taxes.
Similarly, City Council Member Justin Brannan said in a press conference that Villavicencio "was only waiting for the answer to his request for a permanent residence."
Finally, last Thursday, federal judge Paul Crotty granted him permission to stay "for the time being," according to documents published by Courthouse News.
"Is there any concept of justice or are we just doing what we want here?" asked the judge during the arguments on Villavicencio’s case.
Hours later, and through a video published by the New York Post reporter Joe Marino, the community was able to observe the young man in freedom and reunited with his family.
Pablo Villavicencio, also known as #PizzaGuy is released from a Hudson County jail following a ruling by a federal court judge granting him the right to obtain a waiver to kill his 2010 deportation order. pic.twitter.com/WmW3vihVXl
— Joe Marino (@joemarino_) 25 de julio de 2018
Villavicencio will be able to remain in the country while continuing his process to obtain legal status.