A federal judge in New York City has halted, for now, the deportation of a pizza delivery man at least until a hearing on July 20.
Though he will remain in detention at the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey - in the custody of ICE - the stay will allow Villavicencio to work on obtaining permanent USA residency and hopefully be reunited with his family, legal aid said.
A federal judge on Saturday granted an emergency stay of the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio after the Legal Aid Society filed a petition for the stay in Manhattan federal court.
Pablo Villavicencio was arrested last week after delivering the pizza to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.
"I don't know if it's going to be good or not to tell them the truth". "I confirmed with her that New York State, working with our partners, has secured pro-bono legal counsel to represent Mr. Villavicencio".
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the military police officers at the base then detained Villavicencio and turned him over to federal immigration officials.
Elected officials joined Villavicencio's wife and two young daughters for the press conference outside Fort Hamilton on Wednesday, slamming the delivery man's detention. This time, however, they rejected it.
"The older one, she always asks me why daddy's in the news, and I say, 'Oh, it's because he's doing a good job, '" she said.
NBC New York reported that the couple have two daughters. Another person close to the case, who asked not to be identified, added, "I have no idea what the governor is talking about".
He would have to get a waiver as people who have spent more than a year in the USA illegally can't re-enter for a decade. "Further, his expedited removal will cause significant harm to his US citizen wife and two young children who depend on Pablo for financial and emotional support".
Chica is an American citizen and married Villavicencio - who is from Ecuador - five years ago. As a result, his voluntary departure order became a final order of removal, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
Villavicencio's case has caught the attention of New York City activists, including the New York Immigration Coalition and Make the Road New York, a political group advocating on immigration issues.
When one guard said the card wasn't valid and that Villavicencio needed a driver's license, he replied that he didn't have one. "I'm listening", New York City Councilman Justin Brannan said.
A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.
Republican Rep. Dan Donovan, whose district includes the base, called criticism of the arrest "just more insanity".