Feds fire back at Gov. Cuomo for criticizing ICE after Rome farm raid

A spokesman for the Dept. of Homeland Security is firing back at New York's governor for criticizing the tactics of immigration agents.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 10:39 AM
Updated: Apr 26, 2018 1:22 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is firing back at New York's governor for criticizing the tactics of immigration agents following a raid on an upstate dairy farm.

DHS spokesman Tyler Houlton says a cease and desist letter sent to immigration officials by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday is a "slap in the face" to Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

Rome farmer John Collins says the armed agents didn't produce a warrant or identify themselves, and handcuffed him when he tried to videotape the incident. He says they also destroyed his cellphone.

Cuomo has threatened to sue the federal government and says the officers' conduct violated the law.

ICE has said it did have a warrant.

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