Judge temporarily halts deportation of pizza delivery man

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The pizza delivery man who was detained by immigration agents after dropping off a pizza to an army base has had his deportation put on hold by a federal judge.

Legal experts say this will give him some valuable time to argue his case.

Pablo Villavicencio was arrested on June 1 when an ID check at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn showed an outstanding deportation warrant. Military officials turned him into ICE authorities.

This move sparked outrage from people around the city, calling the situation unfair and anti-American as a nation of immigrants. It prompted the Legal Aid of Society, a nonprofit, to file a petition on his behalf.

Also voicing support, Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Just a few days ago News 12 spoke with Villavicencio from his wife's phone. He was crying, and said he's not a criminal and misses his family.

A hearing for the case is scheduled for July 20.

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