It's an extortion. It's hurting New Yorkers to advance their political agenda. "To extort me, to give you the records - I never will".
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Friday that New Yorkers will regain access to Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs only if the state grants access to its motor vehicle database.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the policy was in response to a recent New York state law that prohibits U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from accessing information, such as criminal histories, maintained by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
"It will hurt regions of the state", including Buffalo and the Adirondacks. Hence the move to bar New Yorkers from the Global Entry program - a move, the rationale for which applies to other states with similar sanctuary laws. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) also recently sent subpoenas to law enforcement in Denver and NY for information on immigrants that the agency expects to deport.
He and his wife are Global Entry members, which is part of the federal Trusted Traveler program.
The agency said the export of vehicles from NY will also be "significantly" delayed because the Green Light law hinders its ability to validate documents used to establish ownership. It will be interesting to see if frequent travelers from NY are willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of illegal aliens.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said Friday it intends to file a class-action lawsuit of its own on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are shut out of the programs.
This development comes when the DHS responds to the implementation of the "Green Light Law" in NY, which allows NY residents to apply for standard non-commercial driving licenses, regardless of citizenship or legal status in the United States.
"We do have folks coming in, on a daily basis, on private aircraft from Canada, from overseas, but they go directly to customs, so we have nothing to do with them", Myers added.
But Cuomo says federal officials don't need the DMV data to vet applicants, they bring all of the relevant documents to a required in- person meeting with customs officials.
"President Trump and his enablers are once again taking their aim at New York's economy in a way that not only inconveniences travelers, but also creates very real security issues", Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
She also disputed federal officials' claims that restricted access to state DMV databases prevents them from completing trusted traveler applications.