In the wake of terrorist attacks in Belgium on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called for American law enforcement to halt the flow of new refugees and “to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."
The statements sparked immediate criticism. What, exactly, is a Muslim neighborhood, people wondered. And how would it be secured?
The Cruz campaign later issued some clarification in a statement. “We know what is happening with these isolated Muslim neighborhoods in Europe,” it read in part. “If we want to prevent it from happening here, it is going to require an empowered, visible law enforcement presence that will both identify problem spots and partner with non-radical Americans who want to protect their homes.”
But Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide still aren't sold on the idea. "We do not have the problem that Ted Cruz envisions," the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Times.
Maybe this chart will help clear things up?
Alaa Basatneh is a human-rights activist and a writer at Fusion focusing on the Arab world. She is the protagonist of the 2013 documentary "#ChicagoGirl."