Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz defended comments he made in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks that all Muslim neighborhoods be patrolled by police in the United States during an appearance in New York City Tuesday afternoon.
Senator Cruz called on law enforcement to ‘patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods’ while also stating that the New York Police Department should bring back their special unit devoted to the surveillance of Muslim communities in the city.
He praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg while speaking at a private fundraiser held at an Upper East Side townhouse for creating the ‘successful’ program in the wake of 9/11 and attacked Mayor Bill de Blasio for shuttering the unit shortly after taking office.
‘New Yorkers want a safe and secure America. New Yorkers saw first-hand the tragic consequences of radical Islamic terrorism,’ said Cruz.
Cruz advocated for the monitoring of Muslims in the United States in a statement released Tuesday morning, saying; ‘We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence.
‘We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.
‘We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration.’
The comments came just a few hours after his opponent Donald Trump called for similar action, and also attacked Mayor de Blasio for shutting down the NYPD surveillance unit.
Cruz was only pointing out the obvious:
If you let the radical islamic terrorist take over a neighborhood, you will have a problem worse than if you allowed gangs to take over the city.
ABSOLUTELY, we need to halt the flow of refugees from countries that allow ISIS presence. Look at what happened in Brussels. Do you really want THAT happening here?
ABSOLUTELY, we need to secure our borders and stop the terrorist from infiltrating America.
And ABSOLUTELY we need to empower law enforcement! Do you really think Mayor deBlasio has done that? Did you forget this?
Not only do New Yorkers want a safe a secure city, America wants a safe and secure nation!
Close the borders NOW! Enforce the current laws!