On BPR: Detained pizza delivery man’s saga is bigger than partisan politics, pol says

On the front lines: Bay Ridge Councilman Justin Brannan, far right, protested for the release of Pablo Villavicencio Calderon on June 6 in Bay Ridge.
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Human rights should have no party affiliation.

That summed up Councilman Justin Brannan’s stand on the fate of pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, who federal officials locked up and are threatening to deport after Fort Hamilton Army Base personnel did a background check on him and found out he was ordered to leave the country on his own earlier this decade.

Speaking on the latest edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio, Brannan said the lines being drawn — Republicans Dan Donovan and Marty Golden claim the Army workers were just doing their jobs by holding Calderon, and comments posted on our story previewing the show fell along party lines — are the result of a commander-in-chief who has normalized the “us vs. them” agenda.

“When you have a president who wants to build a wall instead of actually fixing a broken immigration system, this is what you get,” Brannan said. “To me this isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue. It’s about a guy who was mistreated when he came into my district, and I want to do the right thing here and get him the help that he deserves.”

A federal judge recently postponed the deportation of Calderon, an undocumented immigrant delivering food for a restaurant in Queens — the latter being a point of contention for our editor.

“So why is Fort Hamilton ordering pizza from Queens?” DiMiceli asked the councilman. “You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a great pizzeria here in Bay Ridge.”

When Brannan claimed that the driver had made deliveries before, and that this may have been a catering job, DiMiceli persisted.

“So do they have a catering contract with a pizzeria in Queens?” he asked.

“That I can’t answer,” Brannan said.

Also on the show, DiMiceli and co-host Anthony Rotunno spoke with reporter Julianne Cuba about her ground-breaking work covering the death of Netfaly Ramirez, who was run over by a private garbage truck last year. Cuba obtained the case file through a Freedom of Information Law request, and has been dutifully going through it with a fine-toothed comb.

Listen in now to find out what she has learned so far.

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Updated 5:42 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bill from Bay Ridge says:
"Ridge pol discusses how undocumented deliveryman’s arrest brought immigration debate to heart of Southern Bklyn"

It also brought all the bigots to the Brookly Paper comment section.
June 12, 2018, 8:55 am
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
June 12, 2018, 8:55 am
Claire from Park Slope says:
He’s right - we all want them to go away, but they just keep coming. It’s non-stop work!
June 12, 2018, 9:31 am
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Great insight Claire! Do you remember when you first became a bigot or have you always been afraid of immigrants?
June 12, 2018, 9:33 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Bill believes that supporting our troops and president and enforcing our laws is bigotry. Perhaps you and your anti-American traitors should find another country that you hate to live in.
June 12, 2018, 10 am
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Oh yeah, the racist bigot sure knows me. Tell me, what branch did you serve?
June 12, 2018, 11:27 am
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
You don't know anything about me however, I know when YOU refer to undocumented immigrants as "illegal aliens" you show your racist card. Same goes for your "get out of my country" attitude. You know who else said "America First"?
June 12, 2018, 11:44 am
Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
When Bill's house was broken into he called the police and told them there was an uninvited house guest in his living room.
June 12, 2018, 12:34 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
When Mustafa finally grasped the art of completing a coherent thought, never mind. That hasn’t happened yet.
June 12, 2018, 1:10 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
It seems Bill from Bay Ridge is an anti-American bigot.
June 12, 2018, 1:42 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
It seems Frank is consumed by hate. He should either embrace NYC's diversity or move to Montana.
June 12, 2018, 2:02 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
According to America haters, enforcing the law is equated with the KKK, and all patriots are bigots. Sadly for you Bill, NYC is part of America and our laws will be enforced here. What part of illegal don’t you understand anyway?
June 12, 2018, 2:19 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Still waiting to hear what branch of military you served, Mr. Patriotic American. You sir are a coward.
June 12, 2018, 3:24 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
None of your damn business, traitor.
June 12, 2018, 3:29 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
Go figure. The coward who never served his country is gonna try to to explain what a patriot is. You should thank those of us who served so you have the freedom to spew your hatred. WE gave you that right!
You probably have a case of bone spurs.
June 12, 2018, 3:35 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Ooohhh, another tough guy. Anytime you want to man up, I’ll show you a few tricks I learned in the army.
June 12, 2018, 3:40 pm
Bill from Bay Ridge says:
LOL, I bet you turn tricks!
June 12, 2018, 7:56 pm
Keny My from Red Hook says:
Henry Ford, in addition to NYC, Ecuador is also part of America. It's in central America, which is the center of America.

Not knowing the borders our troops defend is disrespectful.
June 12, 2018, 8 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Undocumented = illegal
June 12, 2018, 10:23 pm
Jack from Queens says:
Bill is right - without undocumenteds work wouldn’t get done!
People with papers expect minimum wage, to follow safety legislation, time off for illness - the undocumenteds don’t need any of this! Without them, we employers would have to provide all these things to our employees. Thanks to the undocumenteds, we don’t!
June 13, 2018, 3:26 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
And we can't get the cotton crop in if we free the slaves.
June 13, 2018, 8:33 am
Katie says:
This man should protest this treatment by leaving the country and never returning!
June 13, 2018, 8:53 am
Tom from Sunset Park says:
Since when do you need a DD214 to comment here?
June 13, 2018, 8:40 pm
Bill Lombard from Cobble hill says:
So I guess if the gate police at the base didn’t do their job the same old park slope Uber liberals would be screaming why did he let that person on the base that could have attacked someone?, How about this novel idea? Don’t go to a military base if you are illegal. Honestly one of the most pandering events I have heard in awhile. The law is the law , you don’t like it? Go to your congressman
June 16, 2018, 11:54 am

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