A federal judge in Manhattan has temporarily halted the deportation of an Ecuadorian man detained by ICE earlier this month after delivering pizza to a military base. Pablo Villavicencio Calderon was facing deportation as early as Monday after a military police officer at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn reported him to immigration authorities, who discovered a deportation order from 2010. On Saturday, however, Federal Judge Alison J. Nathan issued him a stay until at least July 20. Villavicencio’s lawyers had argued that he was a victim of racial profiling and filed an emergency petition in the case. His wife and two daughters are American citizens and had pleaded with immigration authorities to allow him to stay, as he is the family’s primary provider. His lawyers have said he was in the process of applying to become a permanent legal resident when he was detained.
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