New York gubnernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon labeled the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency a “terrorist organization” and called for it to be abolished on Thursday, making her one of the most high-profile political figures to join a growing movement of Americans calling for an end to ICE.
In an appearance at a church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Thursday evening, Nixon said, per the New York Post: “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.”
Those remarks came on the same day that Nixon, who’s challenging incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, called for ICE’s abolition in an interview on The View, where she also compared the government’s reluctance to release photos of children inside its detention centers to broadcasting images of violence during the Vietnam War.
“I think it’s the same as how they didn’t want to show footage of Vietnam, because it turned public opinion so much when you show people what’s really happening and the brutality and the injustice of what’s happening. It’s very hard to defend this kind of a policy,” she said, according to ABC News.
I think it’s important to know also parents and children aren’t just being separated at the border. They are being separated throughout this country by ICE. 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.
People forget that ICE is, relatively speaking, a very new organization. It’s existed for just around 15 years, having been created in the the political frenzy stirred up by George W. Bush after the September 11 attacks. A reality where ICE no longer exists isn’t hard to imagine, and it’s a necessity that feels more pressing each day.