Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz will introduce a bill to bar Syrian refugees from entering the United States. He is already on record in support of resettling them in majority Muslin countries in the Middle-East.
At the same time, Cruz believes Christian refugees should be allowed to enter the U.S.
“There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror. 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,” Cruz said Sunday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Barack Obama responded, saying it’s “shameful” to put refugees to a religious test. Cruz responded via CNN:
“It’s not surprising that Obama is attacking me personally,” the Texas senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash. “I’ll tell you what’s shameful is that the president after seven years still refuses to utter the words radical Islamic terrorism [and] claims that somehow [it’s] a religious test. [It’s] not that at all. It is understanding the nature of the evil we face.”
Cruz was asked on CNN Monday how he could bar refugees from the United States given his father’s story.
“If my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical Islam that promotes murdering anyone who doesn’t share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, it would make perfect sense not to let someone in who a embraces political philosophy and theology that says murder the infidels,” Cruz said.