Yesterday, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the government to show why a temporary preliminary injunction should not be granted in the case of Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, an Ecuadorean immigrant.
On June 1, Villavicencio Calderon was detained as he delivered food to the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. ICE agents took him to New Jersey.
Fort Hamilton security officers called ICE after discovering an active ICE warrant for Villavicencio in a routine background check. ICE says Villavicencio was ordered by a judge to leave the country in 2010 but stayed.
Although an illegal, Villavicencio’s wife and children are US citizens.
But the judge’s order says that the government must keep him in New York.
Now Villavicencio had been on the base before, and delivered food, with no problem, but some are asking why wasn’t he caught then? Perhaps, security was lax then. Now anyone else, has to always show identification, when entering a military base, so no, he wasn’t singled out.
This will be an interesting case to follow.