Judge orders release of pizza worker immigrant held for deportation

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Pablo Villavicencio Pablo Villavicencio
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A federal judge has ordered the release of an Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation.

Judge Paul Crotty issued an order late Tuesday saying Pablo Villavicencio must be immediately released. The man is being held at the Hudson County Jail in Kearny.

The judge says the release is necessary because his imminent removal from the United States is no longer reasonably foreseeable.

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The judge says Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to complete an effort to gain legal status. Villavicencio applied to stay in the U.S. after he married a U.S. citizen. They have two young girls.

Crotty ruled after hearing arguments earlier Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Cordaro argued for the case to be transferred to New Jersey.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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