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In response to New York’s Green Light Law which took effect back in December, the Trump administration has prohibited New York residents from enrolling in programs that expedite border crossings.
“The federal government’s changes to the Trusted Traveler Programs are pure politics, it has nothing to do with affecting government policy or laws.”
– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
The Green Light Law allows illegal immigrants to obtain a drivers license and protects their information from immigration enforcement agencies.
Back in December just days prior to the new law going into effect, federal immigration and customs agencies all lost access to the New York DMV database.
The removal of immigration agencies from having access to the New York DMV database was in response to concerns from immigrant organizations which said access to the database made it easier for ICE and Border Patrol to do their jobs.
“In the vast majority of these cases, ICE relied on New York DMV records to fulfill its mission. ICE also needs New York DMV information to safeguard Americans’ financial and intellectual property rights.”
– Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
New York residents will no longer be allowed to enroll in include Global Entry which expedites entry back into the U.S. from international destinations, NEXUS which expedites entry to the U.S. from Canada, SENTRI which expedites entry to the U.S. from both Canada and Mexico, and FAST which expedites entry for truck drivers coming from Canada and Mexico.
However New York residents are still eligible for TSA Precheck.
“Today, we sent a letter to New York indicating, because they took these measures, that New York residents are no longer eligible to enroll in these Trusted Traveler Programs,”
– Chad Wolf
New York residents who are currently enrolled in these programs can still utilize these programs, but will not be able to renew their membership.
While New York is one of 15 states with a Green Light Law, it is the only state that blocked immigration agencies from having access to DMV records.
“My understanding is New York State, because of the law that they passed, you know without consultation, shut off the access to motor vehicle data, which included driver’s license information, license plate registration, vehicle registration information, so, in our operations, any of the work that we do where we would use that information to help validate an identity, an address, a vehicle, ownership of a vehicle, is impacted by not being able to do that directly.”
– Border Patrol and Customs Agency
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