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Pablo Airaldi is free!

The beloved bike messenger and cycling shop owner, who has been held in a deplorable immigration detention center in New Jersey for 10 weeks stemming from a decade-old, out-of-state theft case, was released early this morning after a New York immigration judge threw out the criminal case.

“He has been released,” said Airaldi’s attorney Stan Weber. “The judge has terminated his case and his immigration troubles have ended. He’s home.”

The decision marks the end of a turbulent few months for the 28-year-old former bike messenger, who was detained by Immigration National Services after a routine court appearance in October and faced deportation to Uruguay, where he was born.

Airaldi committed a theft felony nearly a decade ago in Indiana, a case that has since been dropped — but the charge caught the attention of immigration officials when Airaldi tried to travel to Canada two years ago for a bike race.

A legal permanent resident since 1991 and a Brooklyn resident for about five years, Airaldi is well known not only in the bike messenger community but also throughout Greenpoint, where he opened a bike repair shop, Greenpoint Bikes, last August.

Friends have been lobbying state and federal legislators for weeks for Airaldi’s release and were preparing to plead his case at a court hearing in Manhattan Thursday morning, but the court’s surprising motion ended the case.

Instead, they will welcome him home this week.

Updated 10:32 am, January 6, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

WW from Bay Ridge says:
Oh My God! Uraguay!

what are you saying? Is Uraguay some awful place?

Do you hate South America? Do you look down at those quaint little people and their nation?

I don't understand what is so awful about returning to the land of your birth.

Celebrate diversity!
Jan. 6, 2011, 2:37 pm
pablo from uglyguy says:
that is one ugly guy
Jan. 6, 2011, 10:24 pm
cynthia from clinton hill says:
how'd he get out? intresting story well good luck to him.
Jan. 6, 2011, 11:52 pm
Vince from Bay Ridge says:
He's not home. He'll be home when he goes back to Ohio or whatever flyover state it is he came from just like the rest of the hicksters who've invaded north Brooklyn from Greenpoint to Bed-Stuy.
Jan. 7, 2011, 3:08 pm
B's Bikes from Gpt says:
Yeah, he's a hick hipster so what? The Voice article says he's from Indiana not Ohio. But it's hard in our small towns for gay and/or alternative people like us, and there's no other place for people like us really other than Portland and NYC. Plus we only stay for a few years until it gets too expensive or we knock someone up then we go back to "flyover Country". Let us have our fun into our mid-30s cuz we got nothin else. We are the adult version of the film The Wanderers, the modern day version. Peace.
Jan. 7, 2011, 3:15 pm
mikey907 from bed stuy says:
hilarious.
Jan. 7, 2011, 10:04 pm
gimme from around says:
I hate the spate of bike shops, bike your hip ass back to where you came from
Jan. 8, 2011, 9:23 am
——yourhood from Hicksville says:
You all sound more ignorant than most of the "hick hipsters" I meet in the rust belt, midwest, or beyond. Stop being ——ing trolls and leave your Brooklyn ghetto.
Jan. 10, 2011, 5:45 pm
fascistconsumerism from hick-stuy says:
considering that i'm an immigrant like most of you "natives'" parents, that makes us related in some distant strand of connection.

do you call your mom a hickster?

how about a fake for coming over from her homeland to someone else's to make something happen.

maybe you should start travelling more, bring out the hickster buried deep under all that prejudiced rubble.

or maybe you should just start shooting all the white/brown/black people with tight jeans and tattoos to make it all magically go away...
including you.

you can start by coming at me first, i'll take that bullet with a smile.
Jan. 10, 2011, 6:11 pm
Bradd from Indianpolis A.K.A. Hickville says:
2011 and yet the ignorance is still abundant. God bless America and the freedom of speech, including the stupid —— these anti-hicksters spew out. I can at least say it is comical, I enjoy a good laugh... just as much as the next person.
Jan. 10, 2011, 7:30 pm

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