Gov. Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss Global Entry ban in NY

Kimberly Dole
February 12, 2020 - 8:40 am
Cuomo and Trump

Associated Press


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he'll be meeting with President Trump to discuss the Trusted Traveler Program.

The meeting will happen on Thursday, and according to a radio interview, Cuomo says he'll be offering access to the DMV database for the program.

Cuomo plans to propose to Trump that the state could share some driving records with federal immigration agencies if the administration reverses its

move to block state residents from Global Entry and other programs that allow travelers to avoid long border security lines.

According to a spokesman for Cuomo, he would only propose giving federal officials access to the state driving records of applicants to traveler programs who go to a

sit-down interview with federal officials and supply documents such as a passport.

On Monday, officials filed a suit over the ban implemented by the Department of Homeland Security to block New York residents from "trusted traveler"' programs, including Global Entry.

New York's lawsuit claims the Trump administration's decision was intended to punish the state for enacting a law that lets immigrants in the country illegally get drivers licenses and bars federal immigration agents from accessing state motor vehicle records.

Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli announced last week that New Yorkers would no longer be allowed to enroll or re-enroll in the traveler programs.

More than a dozen states have passed laws allowing undocumented U.S. residents to get driver's licenses.

Cuomo has called the Trump administration's move "extortion,'' adding that it was done as "political retribution."

He's said that federal officials can access criminal records from the FBI. State driving records can contain lower-level driving violations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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