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Cruz calls for 'patrol' of Muslim neighborhoods

Posted: 4:06 PM, Mar 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-22 20:06:41Z

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz said it is time for law enforcement to "patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."

The conservative Texas lawmaker made the comment in a statement his campaign released following Tuesday's bombings in Brussels, Belgium, that killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens more. The statement was titled, "We Can No Longer Surrender to the Enemy Through Political Correctness."

The Islamic State extremist group claimed credit for the Brussels attacks.

Cruz's statement provided no details about how law enforcement would secure Muslim neighborhoods.

Cruz said the U.S. must help its European allies and forbid refugees from countries with significant numbers of al-Qaida or IS extremists. He said it must secure the border with Mexico and "utterly destroy ISIS," another acronym for the group.

Cruz's comments comes while voters in Utah and Arizona go to the polls to decide between Cruz and the other two remaining Republicans vying for the presidency.