Cruz: Brussels Attack Means US Police Should 'Patrol Muslim Neighborhoods'

October 5, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Ted Cruz on Tuesday called for a freeze on the U.S. accepting refugees from regions where the Islamic State (ISIS) and al Qaeda have a strong presence and said local law enforcement should be allowed to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”

The Republican presidential candidate made the comments within hours of the bombings in Belgium that killed at least 30 and wounded hundreds more. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tensions were further exacerbated when Cruz’s campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told Politico, “We know what is happening with these isolated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe. If we want to prevent it from happening here, it is going to require an empowered, visible law enforcement presence that will both identify problem spots and partner with non-radical Americans who want to protect their homes.”

As George Zornick writes in The Nation, it’s unclear what Cruz envisions for “empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Zornick writes:

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