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Ted Cruz criticized for comments regarding Muslims

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Ted Cruz, junior Republican Senator from Texas, announced he's running for President in 2016. Ted Cruz, junior Republican Senator from Texas, announced he's running for President in 2016.

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says law enforcement needs to be empowered "to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." That was the reaction in a statement by the Texas senator following Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium.
    
Rival Donald Trump praised Cruz's plan as a "good idea" that he supports "100 percent" in an interview with CNN. But Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he disagrees with suggestions.
    
Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders says he strongly disagrees with calls for heightened domestic surveillance of Muslims.
    
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned the calls for surveillance. The group says the proposals send "an alarming message to American-Muslims who increasingly fear for their future and to all Americans who value the Constitution and religious liberties."
    
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says it's just standard, good policing to direct more resources to where a threat is coming from.
He also says law enforcement and Muslim communities should work together to fight radicalization.

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3/23/2016 2:31:13 AM (GMT -5:00)

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