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KINGSTON, NY — Republican Congressman John Faso and Democratic Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado both sent out emails on July 3, on the issue of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
Following “Families Belong Together” protests across the country on June 30, Faso demanded that Delgado state his position on ICE.
Faso wrote, “Antonio Delgado’s silence on this issue is disturbing. Mr. Delgado must immediately inform the voters of the 19th Congressional District if he stands with Mayor de Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon and other fellow-Progressives on the loony left by wishing to abolish ICE. Voters deserve to know whether Mr. Delgado will work to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
Delgado quickly issued a response. He wrote, “Congressman Faso should feel free to contact me directly with his inquiries about my positions—I would be happy to exchange cell phone numbers so that he does not need his staffer to send out statements written by Paul Ryan. I am eager to discuss our country’s immigration policies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with the Congressman.
“Spoiler alert: I do not support abolishing ICE.
“When we do have the chance to talk, I look forward to asking Congressman Faso if he stands with Paul Ryan, who counted on and received Faso’s vote in order to rip healthcare away from constituents like Andrea Mitchell.”
Both men want to represent New York Congressional District 19 next year, which includes all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties, and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.