After Brussels Terror Attack, Ted Cruz Calls for ‘Patrol’ of Muslim Neighborhoods

March 22, 2016 Updated: May 3, 2016

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz says 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.”

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.

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas leaves after speaking to the media about events in Brussels, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, near the Capitol in Washington. Cruz said he would use the "full force and fury" of the U.S. military to defeat the Islamic State group.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) leaves after speaking to the media about events in Brussels on March 22, 2016, near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Cruz said he would use the “full force and fury” of the U.S. military to defeat the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

See Cruz’s full statement below:

Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of coordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They—we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy.

For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear.  We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods.

We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. 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. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.