The gubernatorial candidate from the Democrat party in New York told a congregation at a church in Manhattan on Thursday that the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a “terrorist organization.” Candidate Cynthia Nixon said, “ICE has strayed so far away from its mission. It is supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it has turned into frankly is a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”
Nixon, an actress who starred in the Sex and the City series, called for the agency’s abolition. Nixon is running in the September 13 party primary in an effort to unseat incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). According to a Siena College poll, as of last week Cuomo was leading Nixon 61 percent to 26 percent.
Nixon appeared at the St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side of the Big Apple to signal support for a Guatemalan woman who is living in the country illegally. After her speech, Nixon reiterated her position on Twitter. She wrote, “ICE is a terrorist organization, and its egomaniacal leader is Donald Trump. Sign our petition to Abolish ICE.”
When Nixon appeared on ABC’s The View, she said on Thursday, “I think we need to abolish ICE. That seems really clear. They have strayed so far from the interests of the American people and the interests of humanity.” she said.