New York gubernatorial candidate and former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon labeled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a “terrorist organization” and called for its abolition during a speech at a Manhattan Church on Thursday.
“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 said during the speech, according to the New York Post.
Nixon’s appearance at the St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side was was intended as a show of support for a Guatemalan mother of two who is in the country illegally.
Nixon, who is challenging incumbent governor Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary, reiterated her characterization of ICE on Twitter following the speech.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) June 22, 2018
The comments came after Nixon called for ICE to be abolished during a Thursday morning appearance on ABC’s The View.
“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.
The primary will be held on September 13. Cuomo currently leads Nixon 61 percent to 26 percent, according to a Siena College poll released last week.