Cuomo Faces Backlash from Left, Right, Feds After Trying to Handcuff ICE
Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York, doesn’t believe New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has “a constitutional leg to stand on” after the Democrat sent a “cease and desist” letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
However, Cynthia Nixon, who is running against Cuomo for the New York Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination, doesn’t think the governor is going far enough.
Cuomo wants federal immigration agents to check with local police in the state of New York before they conduct any more immigration raids like the one done at an upstate farm in April.
During that raid, Cuomo said Marcial DeLeon-Aguilar’s children had to watch their father, deported three times already and convicted of felony aggravated assault, being arrested by ICE, while they waited for a school bus.
Cuomo said the owner of the farm where DeLeon-Aguilar worked was pushed to the ground and handcuffed when he tried to find out what was happening.
“Nice try, governor. What about families victimized by violent illegal immigrants?” McCaughey wrote.
The raid that picked up DeLeon-Aguilar, who was wrestled to the ground when he reportedly tried to escape, was only one of a series of immigration raids in April.
ICE agents arrested 225 people during a series of raids in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley over six days in April, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Of those arrested, more than 180 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending,” a statement from Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, read.
More than 80 of those arrested had either ignored a final order to leave the U.S. or had come back into the country after already being deported, the ICE statement also said.
“Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors,” the statement added.
Cuomo threatened April 25 to sue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for what he claimed were “reckless and unconstitutional” raids that led to the arrests of illegal immigrants in New York State.
“The tactics deployed by agents under your leadership,” Cuomo wrote in a “cease and desist” letter addressed to Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, “have become increasingly reckless and reflect a serious disregard for the rule of law.”
“I cannot tolerate the blatant disrespect for our laws that agents in your employ continue to display,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo also said that if ICE arrested every illegal immigrant working on New York farms, the state’s agricultural industry production would be cut by more than $1.37 billion.
“The raids on New York farms and the arrests of our workers have left many farm families fearful and angry,” said Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets commissioner.