Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush believes the U.S. should only allow in Syrian refugees who are Christian, but can't explain how it would be determined which ones are of the Christian faith (videos below).
Bush told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" on Nov. 15:
"I think we need to do thorough screening and take in a limited number. But ultimately the best way to deal with the refugee crisis is to create safe zones inside of Syria so that people don't risk their lives and you don't have what will be a national security challenge, both for our country and Europe of screening.
"In addition to that, Jake, there are a lot of Christians in Syria that have no place now. They'll be either executed or imprisoned, either by [Syrian President Bashar] Assad or by [Islamic State group]. And I think we should focus our efforts as it relates to the refugees for the Christians that are being slaughtered."
Tapper asked Bush how screeners would be able to tell which refugees are Christians and which ones are not.
"Well, we do that all the time," Bush replied. "It takes almost a year for a refugee to be processed into the United States. So i think we need to be, obviously, very, very cautious."
In reality, the U.S. government has never determined anyone's personal religious beliefs, but rather has had to rely on self-identification.
Bush made the same push for Christian refugees on Nov. 17 in South Carolina, but was unable to explain how it can be proven that a refugee is Christian, reports ABC News.
An ABC News reporter asked Bush, “So, what does the focus on Christian families actually look like?”
“Well, you’re a Christian, I mean, you can prove you’re a Christian,” Bush claimed.
Another reporter asked "how" that was possible, and Bush replied, “I think you can prove it. If you can’t prove it, you know, you err on the side of caution.”