Thursday, April 26, 2018

NY Gov. Cuomo Blasts ICE For Warrantless Raids on Immigrant Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its Warrantless Raids, warning that the State will Sue the Agency if such “Reckless and Unconstitutional” Roundup Practices continue.

Cuomo urged ICE Acting (Deputy) Director Thomas Homan in a Cease and Desist Letter to Stop Immigration Officials from continuing their “Routine” Practice of Raiding Immigrant Homes without producing required Documentation, after News Broke that ICE had Arrested a Dairy Farmer and an Immigrant Worker in Upstate New York without a Warrant last week.

Gov. Cuomo threatened Wednesday to Bar Immigration Agents from State Property without a Warrant. “ICE is endangering public safety by not notifying local law enforcement” of an Arrest they’re about to carry out, he said.

A Rep for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Tyler Houlton, said, “Gov. Cuomo’s disregard for the rule of law is a slap in the face to the hardworking men and women (of) ICE whose mission it is to uphold the laws Congress passed.”

Cuomo slammed the recent Metro-area Raids which netted 225 People in the Five Boroughs and Surrounding Counties, saying the Feds had No Right to Conduct those Operations. ICE Agents have Targeted Upstate Farms and City Courthouses to nab Undocumented Immigrants for Arrest.

The Actions pose “significant legal and public safety concerns” that are “eroding trust in the foundations of our communities, threatening the Sanctity of our Public Institutions, and unnecessarily stoking terror among law-abiding residents under the guise of promoting homeland security and public safety,” Cuomo wrote.

New York City Mayor de Blasio has declared New York a Sanctuary City, refusing to Detain Nonviolent Incarcerated Immigrants or request Immigration Status when Residents apply for Social Services. The City uses type of Crimes to determine which Felons can or cannot be turned over to ICE. Under this Law, the City won’t Honor any ICE Detainer Request that’s not specifically Accompanied by a Warrant Signed by a Federal Judge. And the City will still Ignore these Warrants unless the Detainee had previously been Convicted of a Violent Felony within the last Five years.

The Head of ICE’s New York Field Office said the Policy forces Agents into the Courts and Communities, Endangering Citizens and Immigrants alike. Federal Immigration Officers recently rounded up 46 People in the Bronx, 44 in Brooklyn, 40 in Queens, 25 in Manhattan, and eight in Staten Island. In addition, Agents Arrested a Male Defendant at Staten Island Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Cuomo in his Letter said ICE Agents also have gone to Homes on Staten Island seeking One Person but Arresting others when that Individual was not there. Because they are in Plainclothes, Cuomo said, many in the Community believe them to be Local Law Enforcement, with whom they are now afraid to deal with.

Cuomo said he was Assembling a “Statewide” Network of “Rapid Response Teams,” including “Legal Counsel,” who could be quickly Dispatched in a Crisis Situation.

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