(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/30/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today expressed concern that a Wisconsin sheriff’s public support for GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s call for law enforcement to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” will lead to religious and ethnic profiling by officers.
CAIR, along with many law enforcement and public officials, condemned Cruz’s recent policy recommendation as unworkable, unconstitutional and counterproductive.
In an interview today on FOX Business Network, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke supported Cruz’s call for patrolling Muslim neighborhoods and said: “We have to get over the notion that these [Muslim communities] are no-go zones.”
VIDEO: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Supports Ted Cruz’s Call to ‘Patrol’ Muslim Neighborhoods
“By appearing to support Ted Cruz’s unconstitutional and counterproductive recommendation to target law-abiding American Muslims, Sheriff Clarke sends the message to officers in his department that he would similarly approve of profiling members of that county’s Islamic community,” said CAIR Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw. “The fact that Sheriff Clarke seems to buy into the debunked notion of Muslim ‘no-go zones’ in America is an indication that he is basing his views on anti-Muslim propaganda, not on hard data.”
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