Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz last week called for increased surveillance of Muslims in the U.S.
Cruz said law enforcement should be empowered to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
Cruz’s remarks are misguided and counterproductive.
The Islamic extremist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., and the intensifying rhetoric of the presidential campaign, have already steadily ratcheted up animosity against American Muslims.
Cruz’s comments unfairly target member of a religion and entire communities instead of radical Islamic terrorists.
He is now echoing Republican rival Donald Trump’s earlier call for a temporary ban of Muslims entering the United States.
His remarks seemed aimed at exploiting prejudice to get votes.
His proposal is not only wrong it would be counterproductive.
Asked at a news conference about Cruz’s calls to step up patrols of Muslims, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said the Muslim community “is one of our greatest partners in our fight against terrorism and public safety generally.”
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Cruz had gone too far with the comment of patrolling Muslim communities in the U.S. The NYPD employs more than 900 Muslim officers.