Cruz's comments after attack criticized by Muslims, others
DEARBORN, Mich. - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's call for increased surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods following the deadly bombings in Brussels is drawing sharp rebukes from Muslim Americans and civil rights groups.
Cruz said Tuesday that law enforcement should be empowered to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." Echoing earlier statements from rival Donald Trump, Cruz also said the U.S. should stop the flow of refugees from countries where the Islamic State militant group has a significant presence.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned the calls for surveillance, saying it sends "an alarming message to American-Muslims who increasingly fear for their future in this nation."
Individuals across the country also said such a change would send the wrong message to extremists.