Vice President Mike Pence on Friday criticized Cynthia Nixon for calling the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency a “terrorist organization.”

“The truth is opposition to ICE has moved to the center of the Democratic Party,” Pence told a group of ICE employees, while listing the Democratic officials who have called for ICE to be abolished, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“A leading candidate for governor of New York actually even appallingly called this agency a ‘terrorist organization’,” he added.

Pence praised ICE as “an agency that protects the American people in our communities” and added the “spurious attacks on ICE by our political leaders must stop.”

The criticism by Pence was embraced by Nixon, however, as she challenges Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a primary on Sept. 13.

“If @mike_pence is attacking me, we must be doing something right. What’s really “appalling” is how ICE tears children away from their parents,” Nixon wrote on Twitter. “Parents who came to this country, fleeing deadly violence, to provide a brighter future for their families.”

Cuomo has been deeply critical of ICE’s handling of immigration enforcement in New York, but has stopped short of calling for the agency to be abolished, saying it should be refocused and not used for fulfilling a political agenda.