Facebook post raises questions about Rep. Tom Suozzi’s stance on immigration
A Facebook post by Rep. Tom Suozzi, still visible as of Tuesday morning, has drawn criticism and scrutiny for its content. The post shared a guide titled “If ICE Agents Show Up At Your Door,” created by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The guide provides instructions on how to handle encounters with ICE agents, including not opening the door without a warrant and remaining silent if arrested. Suozzi’s opponent in the upcoming special election, Mazi Pilip, accused him of supporting open borders and lawlessness.
Concerns over the guide come at a time when Rep. Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference calling for increased cooperation between New York City and ICE. Malliotakis cited numerous arrests of migrants involved in crimes such as assault, grand larceny, and even murder, highlighting the restrictions on NYPD’s collaboration with federal immigration officials. The issue of sanctuary policies has become a point of contention in the mayoral race as well, with current Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams expressing support for allowing ICE to execute warrants for individuals found guilty of dangerous crimes.
The special election between Suozzi and Pilip is seen as crucial for Democrats in their bid to regain control of the House majority in 2024. Suozzi acknowledged the shifting political landscape in Long Island, with the area becoming more purple and red in recent years. He attempted to position himself as a moderate Democrat and distance himself from the far-left faction of the party, emphasizing the importance of addressing crime and immigration concerns.