Will policing Muslim communities stop terrorism?

Posted at 11:16 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 14:27:22-04

GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz may feud with Donald Trump on the campaign trail, but many would say he's siding with him when it comes to his stance on Muslims in America.

"We should empower law enforcement to stop Islamic terrorism," Cruz said.

Cruz's recent controversial comments suggest that to prevent a terrorist attack, we need boots on the ground in Muslim communities, watching their every move.

"I can understand to a degree where he's trying to go with that," said Steve MacMartin, a retired Senior Agent with the Department of Homeland Security.

MacMartin says terrorists often live together, in tight-knit, insular communities and says it's hard for law enforcement to gain intelligence. He says it's especially hard when those in the community aren't reporting what they see.

"If Ted Cruz was speaking about the Brussels neighborhood, and his point was that no one came forward before this, than his argument starts to have a logic," said MacMartin. "If we're not gaining electronic intelligence and no one is coming forward, than what else can we do to keep people safe?"

Faizan Haq, founder of Western New York Muslims says a concept like this is wrong, and will only divide our nation further.

"There's a lot of concern in the Muslim community about being isolated," Haq said. "Let's come together as one."

Haq says Muslims living in Western New York have a good relationship with law enforcement, and should serve as an example for the rest of the United States.