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Detained pizza worker due in court

Detained pizza worker due in court”

A federal judge ordered the immediate release of a New York City pizza deliveryman from immigration custody Tuesday, calling the undocumented Ecuadoran immigrant a "model citizen" and pointedly questioning the USA government's desire to immediately deport him.

Judge Paul Crotty issued an order late Tuesday saying Pablo Villavicencio must be immediately released.

Villavicencio was arrested and detained last month while delivering food to Fort Hamilton Army Base. Although he had agreed at an immigration proceeding in March 2010 to leave the U.S.by July 15 of that year, he "continued to reside in this country", Crotty wrote.

Chica is a U.S. citizen and they have two young daughters who were born in the United States. Villavicencio has no criminal history. "And he has worked diligently to provide for his family".

Villavicencio hoped to get out of jail so he can petition the government for legal status, and in court, Judge Crotty had questions for the government.

Villavicencio, who is from Ecuador, filed for his green card in February and was waiting for a response when he was detained, his wife, Sandra Chica, has said.

Cordaro argued for the case to be transferred to New Jersey because Villavicencio was being detained there by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He asked me about why I didn't have any social security card'.

He said Villavicencio's release is necessary because his imminent removal from the U.S.is no longer reasonably forseeable.

Villaviciencio was delivering pizza at an Army base in Fort Hamilton on June 1 when guards did a check on him and found a decade-old deportation order against him.

After the announcement of Mr Villavicencio's release, both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted support, but criticised the fact that he was arrested at all.

According to The Associated Press, "Villavicencio walked out of the immigration detention center shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and was greeted with hugs from his jubilant wife and two young daughters".

Villavicencio's two girls, ages 2 and 4, played with toys today as courtroom spectators around them observed the legal arguments.

At the hearing, USA media reported that Judge Crotty asked immigration authorities: "Is there any sense of justice here?"

Adriene Holder, the attorney-in-charge of the civil practice at the Legal Aid Society, said the rule of "law, humanity and morality" prevailed and the Villavicencio family has "finally received a crucial measure of relief from their 53-day nightmare".

The day Villavicencio was arrested wasn't the first time he had delivered pizza to the base, Brannan said. "This decision should serve as a rebuke against the Trump Administration and its merciless crusade to tear families apart".



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