Skip to comments.Jeb Bush Says He Wouldn’t Ban Syrian Refugees
Posted on 11/17/2015 6:19:21 PM PST by markomalley
Jeb Bush may be low-energy, but when it comes to Syrian refugees, he isn’t low-empathy. Unlike nearly all of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, Bush said Tuesday that he would not support efforts to end refugee resettlement.
“The answer to this is not to ban people from coming,” Bush told Bloomberg Television’s With All Due Respect. “The answer is to lead, to resolve the problem in Syria.”
Bush emphasized that he wanted any refugees resettled in the United States to be rigorously vetted — which is already standard policy in the States — but said support for refugees was “a noble tradition in our country for many years” and should not be eliminated.
On Sunday, the presidential candidate said that aid to refugees should be focused on persecuted Christians. He clarified his position in the Bloomberg TV interview. “There's no discrimination to simply say that you want to protect religious minorities that are being exterminated,” he said.
But discriminating against non-Christian refugees is a very popular position among Bush’s rivals. On Tuesday, Ohio governor John Kasich joined a long list of Republican governors hoping that Obama will revise the inscription on the Statue of Liberty to read “Don’t give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of secret ISIS fighters.”
Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are both pushing legislation to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States. Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Rick Santorum have all shouted their support for similar measures from the political sidelines. New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced Monday that he would not even allow Syrian “orphans under 5 [years old]” into America.
"Bush’s brave stance against his party’s more xenophobic tendencies should give him a boost in the polls" ... is a sentence that only a political analyst who just woke up from a long coma could write.
Well is he? :)
Don’t worry Jebbie. You won’t have a say in how this turns out.
Stick another fork in him.
Just go back to Kennibedlanding right now.
I think Jeb is running against Hitlery for the Democratic nomination. He sure isn’t going to win the Republican nomination spouting nonsense like that.
I’ve never seen anyone so desperate to avoid being president.
Jeb, You’re worse than all the other Bushes. You folks need to do us all a favor and please go away.
The Joyful Tippy-toes Tortoise wakes each day with joy in his heart and a spring in his tippy-toes step.
Finding new ways to flood the country with fraudulently documented foreigners.
I’d sooner vote for the sure death of a Democrat than the slow death of Yeb!
You have an urgent call from team ISIS.
This guy is without a doubt the most tone deaf candidate I've ever seen.
After the events in Paris on 11/13, I will be adding
this to my posts for the next week. I'm certain our
turn is coming again soon. We stand united against
An honorable mention also goes out to Lassana Bathily , a Muslim immigrant from Mali.
Mr. Bathily sheltered customers at the Jewish Deli and helped police by providing info
on the terrorists, and providing the location of survivors in the deli.
Courtesy of: Tijera_Slim
This moron clearly does not even want to be president....
Jeb has officially jumped the shark...
Jeb, just go ahead and quit. You’re not getting my vote.
is he playing the long-con with Karl Rove? I wonder what his plan is
Some stupid red haired girl somewhere crosses her arms and nods approval.
Floridians should be glad Yeb is no longer governor.
Imported terrorists killing citizens is an act of love.
Jeb, you’re a weakling. Shut up, and get out of the race.
Jeb, just go ahead and quit. Youâre not getting my vote.======================================================
And according to recent poll numbers, not many others, either.
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