Cuomo Blasts ICE For ‘Reckless’ Raids On Immigrant Homes

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its warrantless raids, warning that the state will sue the agency if such “reckless and unconstitutional” practices continue.

Cuomo urged ICE 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.

Cuomo, who is running for a third term this year, also issued on Wednesday an executive order barring ICE officials from arresting immigrants in state facilities without a warrant, as well as limiting when certain authorities can inquire about immigration status.

“I demand ICE immediately cease and desist this pattern of conduct, and if they fail to do so, I will pursue all available legal recourse and commit to doing everything in my power to protect the rights and safety of all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “In New York, where Lady Liberty holds her torch high, we will defend our democracy and protect the rights and safety of all New Yorkers.”

The letter criticizes ICE for allowing its agents to engage in conduct that is “increasingly reckless and reflect[s] a serious disregard for the rule of law.”