The state already sued Trump's administration on Monday to void the Department of Homeland Security policy, put in place in response to New York's law passed last June that allows illegal immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.
"You apply for this and you do an in-person interview with the federal government and you provide them all your documentation", he said.
Expect fireworks as President Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepare to meet at the White House on Thursday for a tête-à-tête on immigration.
The department has already suspended that and other Trusted Traveler Programs for NY residents in response to a state law, and The Northern Light reports deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli says Washington residents could be next. The law limits federal immigration authorities from accessing records from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.
Roughly 200,000 New Yorkers are affected by the halt on applications, according to DHS, including 30,000 commercial truck operators who travel to Canada and Mexico.
"The President's administration disagrees fundamentally with the way we treat undocumented people, who, in the state of NY have the right to apply for a driver's license because we want people who are on our roads to know how to drive and be licensed".
In an interview with LI News Radio host Jay Oliver, Cuomo called Trump's demand "pure politics", saying, "I will give them the DMV database for Trusted Traveler".
The governor claimed he stopped short of offering the administration "unfettered access" and said he would still resist efforts to use the registry for immigration enforcement. I believe they're going to say no because there's a memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, which they agree is a memo from the agency, which says we need to punish these states.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Wednesday that the president simply wants to keep Americans safe.
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a suit against the Trump administration over the TTP ban, contending it was arbitrary and capricious.