UPDATE: Pablo Villavicencio's imminent deportation was halted on Saturday, after a federal judge in Manhattan granted the Legal Aid Society's emergency habeas corpus petition. He will remain in ICE custody until a court hearing on July 20th.

Attorneys for Pablo Villavicencio, the delivery man detained by ICE while dropping off a pizza to Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge last week, filed an emergency motion on Friday afternoon in an effort to halt the deportation of the husband and father of two. At a press conference in Federal Plaza, Villavicencio's attorneys and supporters called on ICE to recognize the stay, and urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to take further action to protect New York's immigrant community.

"ICE may feel confident in its legal position, but our client's confidence in the judiciary, as well as the will of the American people, is stronger," said Jennifer Williams, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, which is representing Villavicencio. "The enforcement mechanism that was applied in Pablo's case was inhumane, unjustifiable and should shock the conscience. This is the deportation machine in full effect."

Villavicencio's wife, Sandra Chica, was with her daughters and unable to make the event, but released a video statement soon afterwards:

"These several days have been very hard for us, especially for my daughters that miss him a lot," Chica, who is a United States citizen, said in the video. "We ask ICE to release him and let him come back to us. He's the center of our family. He's the main support, so we're really going to suffer if he's deported. Our family calls on the government to do the right thing and stop dividing families like my family."

"The support from all corners of the city shows that New York City is supporting immigrants," she continued. "Please do the right thing with my husband for my family. He's trying to stay here in the legal way. Please don't take him away from us. This is the only petition in the name of my daughters and the name of Pablo—that is my request."

Villavicencio, who applied for a green card earlier this year, was born in Ecuador and lives in Hempstead, Long Island with his wife and two young daughters. According to a Fort Hamilton spokesperson, he was initially stopped by Military Police because he did not have the proper identification to deliver pizza to the base. The spokesperson claims he then signed "a waiver permitting a background check," which triggered the detention and deportation proceedings. But Villavicencio disputes this: in an interview from the jail in New Jersey where he is now detained, he told Telemundo, "At no time did I sign a document."

The nature of the arrest has led some advocates, members of City Council and Villavicencio's wife to call on the governor to sign an executive order allowing driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants—a move that his office seems hesitant to embrace. While the governor has promised free legal representation to Villavicencio, representatives from both the Legal Aid Society and Make The Road NY say that support has not yet materialized.

"I don't know what he meant when he said he'd find a lawyer," one Make The Road leader told Gothamist on Friday. Another person close to the case, who asked not to be identified, added, "I have no idea what the governor is talking about. We haven't heard from him at all."

On Friday afternoon, Cuomo issued a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Acting Inspector calling for an investigation into ICE's conduct, amid "serious concerns that ICE is violating constitutional rights and targeting people based on their ethnicity." A Cuomo rep did not respond to a Gothamist inquiry about the promised legal support, or the possibility of an executive order granting driver's licenses to immigrants.

"We need the governor's support and for him to do more," said Yatziri Tovar, a member of Make The Road NY. "And we need communities to come together to see that Pablo is one of many, and force them to stop tearing families apart."

UPDATE: Reached for comment, Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Governor Cuomo's office, tells Gothamist, "We are in contact with Pablo’s family and have offered legal and other supportive services free of charge. The Liberty Defense Project provides free legal services and we are collaborating with all parties to make sure the family needs are met." A spokesperson for the Legal Aid Society clarifies that the group, which is representing Villavicencio, does not receive any funding from the Liberty Defense Project.