Lawyers, family ask for release of detained pizza worker
(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 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.