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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Tuesday that surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. must be intensified following the deadly bombings on Brussels’ airport and subway.
Echoing his rival Donald Trump, Cruz said the U.S. should stop the flow of refugees from countries where the Islamic State militant group has a significant presence. The Islamic State took credit for the Brussels attacks that killed dozens Tuesday and wounded many more.
“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” the Texas senator said in a statement.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned Cruz’s call for surveillance, saying it sends “an alarming message to American-Muslims who increasingly fear for their future in this nation and to all Americans who value the Constitution and religious liberties.”[…]
Asked about Cruz’s comment, none of a half-dozen conservative House Republicans meeting with reporters Tuesday criticized him and most spoke of the need to keep the country safe.
“Nearly every neighborhood is patrolled. That’s what local law enforcement does,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., who has endorsed Cruz. He said he didn’t know specifically what Cruz was referring to.
“We need to do everything that makes good common sense, that’s in the best interests of national security, but obviously it needs to be done in a way that’s consistent with the Constitution,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
“It’s an interesting question. It’s the jazzy kind you guys like on a presidential front-runner. That’s a cool question,” said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. He criticized reporters for not asking Democrats if they have plans to keep the country safe.