Cuomo says he'll ask Trump to reverse move on Global Entry

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2020

On Thursday, Trump made a veiled threat toward the state of NY, home of multiple lawsuits against him, ahead of his meeting with NY governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's freeze on its "Trusted Travelers" programs for New Yorkers. This came in response to the state's recent "Green Light Law" that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for diver's licenses without their information getting to immigration enforcement agencies. "These are people who go for an in person federal interview with all sorts of background information".

Javier H. Valdés, the co-executive director of Make the Road New York, an immigrant activist group, urged the governor to fight for the state's immigrant rights when he meets with Trump.

The comment appeared to be a threat to force the state to drop the numerous lawsuits New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed against his aggressive anti-immigration policies, including the "Trusted Travelers" program freeze. Cuomo said that federal officials can access criminal records from the FBI.


The deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security warns that Washington residents could lose access to the Nexus expedited border crossing program.

New York's DMV database now includes people who are in the US illegally but who have driver's licenses.

Cuomo is set to meet with Trump on Thursday, where he will offer to grant federal authorities access on a case-by-case basis specifically for people who apply for the Trusted Traveler Program.


During his appearance on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the governor said he would not hand over the entire DMV database to the feds and only provide the driver's license data of TTP applicants. Cuomo said he believes Trump simply wants access to records on those people, so federal immigration officials can have a "feeding frenzy".

"And by the way it's not just NY", he added.

"I'm cooperating", Cuomo said.


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