Muslims respond to candidates addressing ISIS

Posted at 10:50 AM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 19:49:59-04

In response to the terror attacks, Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz says police need to patrol Muslim neighborhoods.

"As an American voter," said Abdalmajid Katranji with the Islamic Society of Greater Lansing," He forgets that Muslims are proud Americans, part of the American fabric and also very active voters in the upcoming election."

And he says the candidates need to do a better job addressing the problem.

"Terrorism is a security problem," said Katranji. "It's an interest of national security. But they address it in a matter to score political points rather than to combat the evil that we're fighting."

But Senator Ted Cruz defended his statements about more patrol in Muslim neighborhoods.

"I'm going to apologize to nobody for how vigorous I will be as president," said Sen. Cruz, R- Texas. "Fighting radical Islamic terrorism and working everyday to keep America safe."

Saying radical Islamic terrorism is a global problem.

"Focusing on law enforcement and national security resources on areas on locations where there is a higher incident of radical Islamic terrorism or higher risk and preventing," said Sen. Cruz.

But members of the Islamic Center say that won't be solved by going into neighborhoods.

"If you look at most of these characters, they tend to cluster in very isolated groups," explained Katranji. "They tend to segregate themselves out of the very community they claim to be a part of."

A message President Obama also echoed.

"We have a extraordinarily successful, patriotic, integrated Muslim American community," said the President. "They do not feel ghettoized. They do not feel isolated. Their children are our children's friends."