Jeb: We Should Admit Every Christian from Syria, Iraq

Letting in refugees without proper screening "a bad idea," but we have a "duty" to admit Christians whose lives are threatened

On Hannity Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that while admitting refugees from the war-torn Middle East without proper screening is "a bad idea," we should admit every Iraqi and Syrian Christian whose life is in danger if they remain.

In a wide-ranging interview, the Republican presidential candidate and host Sean Hannity touched on a number of hot-button issues, including immigration, which Hannity pointed out is one of first issues conservatives bring up in their criticism of Bush. 

Bush defended a few of his positions and said he could understand why there's so much anger about the issue. 

"I get why people are angry," said Bush. "This administration has done absolutely nothing to secure the border and ... Obama's used this as a wedge issue."

Hannity turned the discussion to the current Middle Eastern refugee crisis creating chaos in several European countries. When the host asked Bush his opinion on President Obama's plan to bring at least 10,000 refugees into the U.S., Bush said without proper screening it was a "bad idea," but also stressed America's "duty" to help those in danger, particularly the Christians in the ISIS and al-Qaeda-plagued region: 

HANNITY: Our intelligence agencies tell us that there is zero doubt in their minds that they believe that Syrian, Iraqi refugees will be infiltrated by ISIS and al Qaeda. The president's bringing at least 10,000 into this country. Bad idea?

BUSH: It's a bad idea if there's no screening. And I, for one, think that we should take every Christian Iraqi and every Christian Syrian who are in a situation right now that if they stay where they are, they’ll be killed. 

HANNITY: How would we ascertain-?

BUSH:  That's the world a Christian lives in the Middle East with Islamic terrorism. We have a duty, I think, to help people. But the best way to solve this problem is to lead the world in creating a third way, which is to eliminate ISIS from the face of the earth, and to remove Assad, so that there could be a stable Syria. It is a tragedy that 11 million people have been displaced in a country of 23 million, and 250,000 probably, have died under the brutality of the Assad regime.”

Immigration discussion begins around the 4:30 mark. 

H/t Breitbart. Video: Fox News.