Ted Cruz on Tuesday called for a freeze on any new refugees from areas affected by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, as well as new powers for law enforcement to patrol “Muslim neighborhoods.”
“We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant Al Qaeda or ISIS presence,” the Texas senator said in a statement. “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”
Cruz’s proposal would seemingly apply to refugees from Syria, Iraq and many other countries in the Middle East, central Asia and Africa.
Asked for specifics about Cruz’s call for “empowering law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods,” Cruz communications director Alice Stewart declined to elaborate. “It’s pretty self-explanatory,” she said.