Lawyers, family ask for release of detained pizza worker

June 18, 2018 - 3:37 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The family and attorneys of an Ecuadorean pizza shop worker who was arrested while trying to make a delivery are submitting a formal request to immigration officials demanding his immediate release.

Attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, accompanied by Pablo Villavicencio's (via-veeh-SEN'-siohs) wife and two small daughters, said in a press conference that they filed the petition on Monday.

The immigrant was arrested on June 1 when he tried to make a pizza delivery to the Fort Hamilton garrison in Brooklyn. A routine background check revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations.

A federal judge temporarily blocked the deportation of Villavicencio but the immigrant remains in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

An ICE spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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