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Judge: ICE Can't Deport Pizza Delivery Guy Yet

Pablo Villavicencio gets an emergency stay until July 20
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2018 7:33 AM CDT
Pablo Villavicencio poses with his two daughters, Luciana, left, and Antonia.   (Villavicencio Family Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – The Ecuadorian who tried to deliver pizza to a NYC Army base and ended up with a deportation order has been granted an emergency stay by a federal judge, reports NBC News. The stay gives Pablo Villavicencio relief from being returned to Ecuador until July 20, reports the AP, though he'll remain in ICE custody. Villavicencio is a father of two who's married to an American citizen and has a green card application pending. The court found that he "should be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present his case in Federal Court," per a rep of the Legal Aid Society, which is representing him.

Villavicencio has at least one big dog in his corner: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wrote letters on his behalf to both ICE and DHS acting inspector general John Kelly. Villavicencio "is a working father, a taxpayer, and the primary provider for his U.S. citizen wife and two daughters, one of whom suffers from a serious medical condition." Per CNN, he wrote that "New York will not sit on the sidelines as our immigrant communities are threatened," and that "a pattern of conduct demonstrated by ICE agents shows reckless contempt for the Constitution" that "creates an unnecessary humanitarian crisis in New York State." (Read more deportation stories.)

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