Cynthia Nixon, an actress turned gubernatorial challenger for New York governor, called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a “terrorist organization” and wants it abolished, according to published reports.
Where did she say this?
Nixon, a Democrat, made the comment Thursday at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side in New York City. She was there to support undocumented Guatemalan immigrant Debora Vasquez-Barrios, a mother of two who sought sanctuary at the church in early June after ICE told her that she is facing deportation.
“ICE has strayed so far from its mission,” said Nixon, who previously starred on “Sex in the City.” "It’s supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it’s turned into is frankly a terrorist organization of its own. It’s terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”
ICE was founded in 2003 under the Department of Homeland Security.
Nixon later doubled down and called ICE a terrorist organization on Twitter.
What did she say on 'The View'?
“I think we need to abolish ICE,” Nixon said earlier in the day on “The View.” "That seems really clear. They have strayed so far from the interests of the American people and the interests of humanity.”
The 52-year-old actress is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuumo for the Democratic nomination for governor. Last week, a Siena College poll showed her behind Cumo, 61 to 26 percent. The primary is set for Sept. 13.
“Nixon has a lot of catching up to do to make this race competitive. Cuomo is well known and well-liked by New York Democrats,” pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement earlier this month.
What did Cuomo say about ICE?
Cuomo has said that he believes ICE should continue to exist and be a “bona fide law enforcement organization that prudently and diligently enforces the law.”
He also said immigrant children are coming to New York state with no information or evaluation.
"And it's happening all across the state. We could have as many as 700 children," Cuomo told NY1 News.
The state's constitution requires a certain level of care for these children, and Cuomo said it's unclear to him that they are receiving it, the report states.