Jeb Bush Says US Should Allow Syrian Refugees Who Can Prove They're Christian

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said the US should allow some refugees from Syria

ByCandace Smith
November 17, 2015, 8:18 PM

— -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said the United States should allow in some refugees from the civil war in Syria -- specifically orphans and Christians.

“At a minimum we ought to be bringing in people that have -- orphans or people that clearly aren’t going to be terrorists. Or Christians,” Bush said during a campaign stop South Carolina. “There are no Christian terrorists in the Middle East, they’re persecuted.”

When pressed by ABC News on how he would determine who is a Christian he said, “I mean you can prove you’re a Christian.” adding, "I think you can prove it, if you can’t prove it, you are on the side of caution.”

His suggestion would not exclude Muslims, however.

The former Florida governor also said that he thinks the governors are doing the right thing in resisting refugees because there hasn’t been clarity on the vetting.

"I think they’re doing the right thing because they haven’t gotten any information about what the screening process is,” he said.

Bush reiterated that our primary goal should be to make Syria a safe place for refugees to go back to and advocates creating safe havens in the region.

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