Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik supports Trump’s travel order

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik says he supports President Trump's travel restriction order.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik says he supports President Trump's travel restriction order. (1/30/17)

FRANKLIN LAKES - The former commissioner of the NYPD says that he supports President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel into the United States.

Bernie Kerik, of Franklin Lakes, says that the temporary travel and immigration order is a good beginning to securing borders.

"What's un-American is for us to be thinking about other countries and other people first.  That's un-American.  Let's think about America first,” he says.

Kerik was commissioner during the Sept. 11 attacks.

"I know what happens when the wrong people get in this country and they do things that they shouldn't do,” Kerik says.

It is worthy to note that none of the Sept. 11 hijackers were from the seven countries named in the order. But Kerik says that the United States does not have a good relationship with these places, so proper vetting cannot be done.

"Coming here is a privilege. You have to earn that privilege,” he says.  “You have to be given the authority to come here based on vetting and based on an investigation. You don't have a right."

The executive order prompted widespread opposition, including from Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

"These are the same two guys that wanted to arm the rebels in Syria, who turned out to be ISIS,” Kerik says. "I come from Paterson.  You don't give in to bullies and you don't not do something because you're afraid that bully is going to do something later. Stop with the politics, do your job.”

Kerik also supports Trump's measure to cap the number of refugees admitted this year at 50,000.

The former commissioner was once nominated by President George W. Bush to be the head of Homeland Security but withdrew after scandal erupted. He was convicted of tax and false statement charges shortly after.

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