New York Plans To Sue Feds Over Trusted Traveler Program Ban

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 07, 2020 - 2:12 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York is planning to sue the Trump Administration over the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from enrolling in Global Entry and other "trusted traveler" programs.

Those programs allow people returning to the U.S. speedy reentry through customs.

The governor calls the ban direct retaliation for the state's new Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses and prevents federal immigration agencies from accessing motor vehicle records.

"Time and time again President Trump and his Washington enablers have gone out of their way to hurt New York and other blue states whenever they can as punishment for refusing to fall in line with their dangerous and divisive agenda," Cuomo said. "The Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program is yet another example of this administration's disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-partisan politics and use of extortion. There is no rational basis for this politically motivated ban, and we are taking legal action to stop the federal government from inconveniencing New Yorkers to score political points."

Cuomo said the lawsuit will be brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

"This is political retribution, plain and simple, and while the president may want to punish New York for standing up to his xenophobic policies, we will not back down," said James. "We plan to take legal action and sue the Trump Administration for its unfair targeting of New York State residents. This new policy will negatively impact travelers, workers, commerce, and our economy, so we will fight the president's shortsighted crusade against his former home. We will not allow New Yorkers to be targeted or bullied by an authoritarian thug."

The feds say they had no choice but to block New Yorkers from those programs because the law endangers national security by preventing federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.