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Champ banned from U.S.


A member of the U.S. Pizza Team was denied re-entry to
the United States following the World Pizza Games in Salsamaggiore,
Italy last month.

A member of the U.S. Pizza Team was denied re-entry to the United States following the World Pizza Games in Salsamaggiore, Italy last month.

Immigration officials held Juan Hermosillo, a two-year member of the team owned by American publishing company Pizza Marketing Quarterly, upon his return from Europe. At a time when the U.S. government was tightening security and immigration rules, it was discovered that the pizza competitor had been in the country illegally for 17 years.

A native of Mexico City, Mexico, Hermosillo entered the U.S. when he was nine-years-old. While a talented pizza acrobat, his main claim to fame was his dethroning world pizza champion Tony Gemignani at the America’s Plate competition, sponsored by the U.S. Pizza Team owners.

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It is not known if Hermosillo will have to forfeit his U.S. championship title, or the fourth place he attained in Italy in individual acrobatics competition. His whereabouts at present are also unknown, and there has been no evidence to support claims that Hermosillo is currently in Canada awaiting his immigration hearing.

The United States is struggling to decide the fate of as many as 12 million people living in the country illegally. The political hot potato drew thousands of protesters to various American cities last month, as they argued the government should address the issue of guest worker visas and the status of those already living in the U.S.