Bush Opposed to Blocking Asylum for Syrian Refugees
In a surprising act, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush differentiated from his party when he suggested that the United States shouldn’t block asylum for Syrian refugees.
While the rest of the Republican Party is preaching racist policies, Bush believes that Syrian refugees should be allowed into the U.S. and that it is the country’s job to lead.
“I think people are legitimately concerned about the efficiency, the competency of the Obama administration, as it relates to screening processes,” Bush said during a Bloomberg interview. “But we have systems in place — if there is any kind of concern, we shouldn’t allow people in. But I don’t think we should eliminate support for refugees. It’s been a noble tradition in our country for many years.”
Bush discredited his Republican colleagues who are calling for all-out bans on Syrian refugees.
“I don’t [agree],” Bush said. “The answer to this…is not to ban people from coming. The answer is to lead to resolve the problem in Syria. That’s the ultimate answer and that’s my focus.”
The Hill reports:
While Bush is not opposed to allowing some Muslim refugees in the country, he has called on the U.S. to single out Christians in Syria for special assistance, and has said the U.S. should look to create a safe haven for refugees abroad rather than bringing them all here.
“There should be really thorough screening and we should focus on creating safe havens for refugees in Syria rather than bringing them all the way across to the United States,” Bush said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”
“But I do think there is a special important need to make sure that Christians from Syria are being protected because they are being slaughtered in the country and but for us who? Who would take care of the number of Christians that right now are completely displaced?” Bush said.
Bush on Tuesday also ripped GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, saying the real estate mogul’s response to the terror attacks in France is evidence that he cannot be trusted as commander-in-chief.
Trump has said he will bomb the s— out of the radical Islamists; has vowed to steal the oil from the terrorists who profit from it; has called for the nation to buy land in the Middle East where the refugees can live; and has advocated spying on mosques in the U.S., and potentially shuttering those with extreme messages.
“Donald Trump’s been all over the map on the question of ISIS,” Bush said. “He at one point said let Russia take ISIS out and then he said let ISIS take Assad out. Now he wants to bomb ISIS. He doesn’t want to send — he doesn’t want to create a strategy and have the United States military lead an effort. It’s a pretty good example of why he can’t be trusted being president of the United States, in my mind.”
Bush also sought to draw a distinction between his views on foreign policy, and those of Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), describing himself as “more consistent” and “less bellicose” than his GOP rivals.
Bush hit both men for not backing President Obama’s request to Congress for military intervention in Syria in the fall of 2013.
“Both of them voted against the authorization of force when…well, one didn’t vote because it never got to the floor, and one in Foreign Relations Committee voted against the president’s authorization of force,” Bush said. “And now Marco has got a different reason why he did it, but back then it was he didn’t think that we had an interest there.”
“Some of this just relates to life experience,” Bush continued. “Look, I’ve lived — 62 years old. I’ve gone through good time and bad. I’ve seen — I’ve had to make difficult decisions across the board.”
Bush has sought to lead the field of GOP presidential contenders in his response to the terror attacks in France.
He’s been blanketing the airwaves, urging the White House to declare war on ISIS, pushing for more troops in the region, and calling for a no-fly zone in Syria.
On Wednesday, Bush will speak to The Citadel military academy on the threat of terror and the U.S. role in the Middle East.
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