New York stands with immigrants. That's the message Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to ICE after federal officials raided a farm in Rome. He says the raid was illegal and is threatening to sue if 'reckless and unconstitutional enforcement actions' aren't stopped.

A Guatemalan worker was arrested last week on John Collin's farm in Rome where he says agents didn't provide a warrant and handcuffed him when he tried to video tape the arrest.

Governor Cuomo's office
Governor Cuomo's office

Governor Cuomo sent a cease and desist letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency after what he calls 'a dramatic increase in the number of ICE raids and their overly aggressive tactics.'

"The reckless and unconstitutional practices ICE is deploying in our communities violate everything we believe in New York and are an assault on our democracy," Governor Cuomo said. "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. 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."

According to a report released by Farm Credit East, it is estimated approximately 1,080 New York farms would be impacted by the deportation of undocumented agricultural workers, forcing farms to go out of business or significantly reduce their operations.


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