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Ted "McCarthyite" Cruz Calls For Police To 'Patrol And Secure Muslim Neighborhoods'...
Ted Cruz Calls For Police To 'Patrol And Secure Muslim Neighborhoods'
Updated at 1:13 p.m. ET
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday called for police in the United States to patrol Muslim neighborhoods in the wake of the attacks in Brussels.
"We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized," the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement laying out how he would respond to terrorism.
Cruz's comments on Tuesday echo statements from some conservatives following the terrorist attacks in Paris last year. After Donald Trump said he would be willing to shut down mosques in an effort to combat terrorism, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said he would be open to closing "any place where radicals are being inspired."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Tuesday denounced Cruz's call for more law enforcement in Muslim communities.
"It’s really beyond belief that you have one of the leading presidential candidates calling for law enforcement to target religious communities totally based on the fact that they are of a particular faith," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told the Washington Post. "In normal times, this would be the sort of thing that would disqualify someone from running for dogcatcher, much less president of the United States. We call on voters to reject this. It just shows you what happens when you appoint policy advisers like Frank Gaffney and Jerry Boykin to your team."
In his Tuesday statement, Cruz also called for the U.S. to stop accepting refugees from countries with large presences from groups like the Islamic State and al Qaeda and for the government to "secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration."
He also addressed the Brussels attacks in a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C., where he said that the U.S. needs to change its immigration policies, specifically discussing the visa waiver program.
"The attack in Brussels is in many ways the fruit of a failed immigration policy in Europe that has allowed a massive influx of radical Islamic terrorists into Europe. Europe is in the process of allowing policies to fundamentally threaten the safety and security of its citizens. That is a mistake," he said during the press conference. "The visa waiver program was designed for a different era when those from Europe were not perceived to be threats."
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