- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he backs extreme vetting of foreigners visiting the U.S. — as long is it doesn’t target people based on religion or nationality.

“We support vetting of individuals. We support very thorough vetting — not of groups of people just because they belong to a group. I think this is a very crucial distinction,” the Democrat mayor said at a press conference addressing the deadly terror attack in the city.

“There should be very, very careful vetting of anyone where there is an indication of concern, but not because of their religion or not because of their country of origin,” he said.

Mr. de Blasio did not say how authorities should screen visitors for possible ties to radical Islamic terrorism.

President Trump called for stepping up his extreme vetting program after the attack Tuesday. The program has been controversial since its inception, with critics saying it is bigoted.

In the recent terror attack, A man drove a rented pickup truck into pedestrians and bicyclists in lower Manhattan, killing at least eight people.

Police apprehended the suspect identified as Sayfullo Saipov, 29, an Uzbek national who entered the U.S. legally in 2010 and has been linked to Islamic State.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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