Cuomo To Meet With Trump After Trusted Traveler Program Ban

Peter Haskell
February 12, 2020 - 8:58 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will be meeting with President Donald Trump to discuss New York’s ban from participating in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP).

Gov. Cuomo appeared on WAMC during the morning, saying the meeting is planned for Thursday.

According to the Democrat, he plans to offer federal officials access to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle database in order to restore the program.

Homeland Security officials blocked New Yorkers from applying to the TTPs after New York began allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.

Cuomo said that while he will allow feds to access the DMV database, it will be on a case-by-case basis.

“You want to look at our DMV database for TTP enrollees, fine,” Cuomo said.

He told WAMC that he will never give up the complete database and will not allow DMV records to be used for immigration enforcement.

Officials on Tuesday filed a lawsuit over the ban on New York residents from Global Entry and other TTPs, noting it was only done as “political retribution.”

Cuomo plans to head to the White House now to call President Trump’s bluff.

The governor says he will “expose the sham that they are running, once again, where they're using government to abuse people for political purposes.”

Federal officials said the ban on New York was necessary because of a law that bars immigration agents from accessing the state’s DMV records.