The arrest and pending deportation of an undocumented immigrant delivering pizzas to a military base in New York City, a so-called sanctuary city, is making national headlines. The immigrant, a 35-year-old married father of two, has no criminal history but had previously received a voluntary departure order he ignored. He also has an application for a marriage-based green card pending.
According to news reports, Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an Ecuadorian native, was delivering pizza to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York City, something he had done in the past. In order to gain access to the base he presented a New York City identification card, an ID given to undocumented immigrants in the city to help interact with city services. A spot background check was conducted on base which turned up his previous deportation order. He was detained and handed off to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The entire incident raises the question of priorities when it comes do immigration law. A Brooklyn city councilman reacted to the detention by asking if the country was now safer because “they took a pizza delivery guy off the street.” Underscoring the divisiveness of the issue, a New York state senator commended the military police “who have committed their lives to protecting our citizens and country.”
See the fully New York Times article here.
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