Deliveryman detained by ICE granted temporary reprieve

The deliveryman who was detained by ICE after attempting to deliver a pizza to Fort Hamilton Army Base in Bay Ridge earlier this month has been granted a last-minute reprieve.

According to officials, the Legal Aid Society won an emergency stay of the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio, the 35-year-old father of two who was detained and turned over to immigration officials on Friday, June 1 after making a routine delivery – which he’d done before with the help of his IDNYC card – to the base. This time, his IDNYC wasn’t enough.

Upon his entrance, the fort says Villavicencio signed a waiver permitting a full background check – something, reports claim the deliveryman says he never did – which flagged a warrant for his deportation (he failed to leave the country under court mandate by July, 2010).

Now, almost eight years later, the deliveryman has been granted stay through July 20 – a new deadline which gives his allies, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, at least another month to try and free him permanently. Until then, he will remain in ICE custody, but is allowed to pursue a “meritorious form of relief from removal” – adjustment of status for permanent residency – to be with his family.

Villavicencio’s record is clean, officials claim, aside from not returning to Ecuador in 2010. He subsequently married an American citizen, Sandra Chica, the mother of his two children. He is also a taxpayer.

His detention had sparked both local and national outrage, and the state secured pro-bono legal counsel to represent him.

Villavicencio is currently being held at a federal detention facility in New Jersey and was originally expected to be deported to Ecuador at the end of this week, his wife Sandra Chica had said.


  1. Loulou

    So, let’s quit the drama people! You are a law and God feared person with nothing to hide and all you want is a better life for you and your family. Plenty of time to put your s****it together and follow the rules to live in the USA legally with all the glory you deserve and please someone tell the idiots that protesting “USA has nothing against immigrants, problem is ILLEGAL immigrants” Maybe they should teach the difference in schools…..

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