Pablo Villavicencio, the Ecuadorian immigrant detained by ICE on an outstanding deportation order discovered while he was delivering pizza to the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn, NY, was ordered released by a Federal judge on Tuesday:
BREAKING: A federal judge has ordered the immediate release of Pablo Villavicencio, an Ecuadorian immigrant who was detained by ICE last month while delivering pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base. pic.twitter.com/SfwBPetoQr
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) July 24, 2018
And Villavicencio has already been released:
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_) July 25, 2018
Six hours after hearing legal arguments, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled that Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status.
“Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has otherwise been a model citizen,” Crotty wrote.
“He has no criminal history,” the judge added. “He has paid his taxes. And he has worked diligently to provide for his family.”
Judge Crotty was formerly the “city’s top lawyer” under then Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
Interesting note – federal judge ordering release of undocumented pizza delivery man was corporation counsel (city's top lawyer)…. for …. Rudy Giuliani. (thanks for jogging my memory, @bobhardt)
— Josh Robin (@joshrobin) July 24, 2018
As we told you before, Villavicencio agreed to self-deport in 2010, but stayed in America and eventually got married:
In summary, Villavicencio showed up at the base and didn’t have a Department of Defense ID. He was directed to go get a “day pass” at a security desk when a background check, which he consented to, turned up an active ICE warrant as he had agreed to self-deport in 2010 and didn’t do it
Pizza delivery man who agreed to self-deport under Obama at center of new deportation drama https://t.co/DUjJPPGQw7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 7, 2018