McCain Slams Cruz’s Call for Religious Test for Refugees
Sen. John McCain, a symbol of the traditional GOP establishment, is disgusted with the new wave of Republicans who are ordering religion tests for incoming Syrian refugees.
“I don’t think any child, whether they are Christian or whether they are atheist or whether they are Buddhist, that we should make a distinction,” McCain said. “My belief is that all children are God’s children.”
Tradtionally, McCain has opposed several of President Barack Obama’s policies, but in this rare instance, he is agreeing with the president and calling for the United States to accept Syrian refugees.
The Hill reports:
Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush over the weekend said efforts to resettle refugees from Syria should focus on Christians.
“There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror,” Cruz said at a Sunday event in South Carolina, according to The Washington Post. “If there were a group of radical Christians pledging to murder anyone who had a different religious view than they, we would have a different national security situation.”
Bush on Sunday told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the U.S. “should focus our efforts as it relates to the refugees with the Christians that are being slaughtered.”
McCain’s comments Tuesday backed up Obama, who earlier this week called a religious test “shameful” and “not American.”
Bush, however, softened his stance in an interview with Bloomberg Politics on Tuesday.
“The answer to this is not to ban people from coming. The answer is to lead, to resolve the problem in Syria,” he said.
Noting public worries over the vetting of refugees, he said, “If there’s any kind of concern, we shouldn’t allow people in.
“But I don’t think we should eliminate our support for refugees,” he added.
McCain said Tuesday “there should be no litmus test” for the religious affiliation of refugees as long as they are vetted and determined not to pose a threat.
“Are we going to differentiate children by their religion? I don’t think so,” he said.
McCain blamed what he called Obama’s “failed, feckless” policy in Syria for the violence that has sent hundreds of thousands of migrants flooding into Europe.
“The decisions by the president of the United States, the commander in chief, have put us into this position where we’re fighting over refugees,” he said.
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