Exhibit A is NY, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an upside-down world, called illegal immigrants "law-abiding residents" and said federal officials were exhibiting "lawlessness" in targeting illegal immigrants.
"Your agency's aggressive claims of upholding the rule of law belie the fact that the pattern of conduct and blatant constitutional violations committed by both agents in the field and regional leadership actually reflect a readiness to sink to lawlessness", Cuomo wrote in his letter. Many of these arrests were conducted at large in the community, which ICE is increasingly forced to do due to sanctuary policies in the state that prevent us from taking custody of criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail. And we're going to put them on notice today that if they continue, the state will sue them.
"These are unconstitutional activities", he told reporters.
Cuomo says the officers' conduct violated the Constitution and basic provisions of state and federal law.
An ICE spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition, agents arrested a male defendant at State Island Criminal Court.
"The reckless and unconstitutional practices ICE is deploying in our communities violate everything we believe in NY and are an assault on our democracy", Cuomo said in a statement.More news: Snap is trying again with Spectacles, for some reason
"Cuomo also signed an executive order prohibiting ICE arrests without a warrant".
Cuomo blamed the "alarming increase in the rate of arrests" and the "harshness in [agents"] behavior" on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I'm "embarrassed and ashamed' by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated Federal Bureau of Investigation rules MORE's rhetoric on immigration, the Post reported.
Cuomo also said the raids are impacting farms, which often employ immigrants.
ICE says several of the other individuals had prior criminal histories that included assault, DUI, forgery, and financial or identity fraud. Collins said armed officers came onto the farm unannounced and, without a warrant, forcefully arrested employee Marcial de Leon Aguilar in front of his children, then threw his phone away when he tried to record the encounter. Cuomo said he is waiting on a response from ICE officials. Last week, the Governor said that the dramatic increase in the number of ICE raids and their overly aggressive tactics raise serious concerns and directed Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who runs the Liberty Defense Project, to expedite funding to two legal organizations that can provide expedited legal services - the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Vera Institute of Justice.
The governor, as he often has done in recent months, blamed President Trump for the surge. "Period. Their aggressive tactics, aggressive behavior, unconstitutional, illegal behavior, is being fueled by the political rhetoric of the administration".
"This is about politics", Cuomo said. "What we're doing is legal".