Trump Administration Suspends Global Entry Program In New York For Allowing Undocumented Immigrants To Get Driver’s Licenses

By Parker Diakite


Four trusted traveler programs have been suspended in New York amid an ongoing battle between state lawmakers and the Trump Administration.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this week that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in Global Entry, a favorite among frequent international travelers, because of the state’s new “Green Light Law,” which protects undocumented immigrants.

New York’s “Green Light Law” went into effect this past December and allows people without legal permission to be in the United States to apply for a driver’s license. The law also includes a provision that prohibits DMV officials from providing any of its data to entities that enforce immigration law unless a judge orders them to do so.

In response to the legislation, the DHS told New York lawmakers that they are banning some of the traveler programs because it, “prevents federal agencies from protecting residents from “menacing threats to national security and public safety.”

Aside from Global Entry, the other list of programs that are no longer eligible for new New York members include Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), a similar program to Global Entry that allows qualified travelers expedited re-entry into the U.S. after travel to Canada and Mexico travel; NEXUS, which allows for expedited border crossing between the U.S. and Canada; and the Free And Secure Trade (FAST) program, which allows commercial shipments between the U.S. border and Canada and Mexico to clear faster.

An adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said the move by DHS was politically motivated.

“This is obviously political retaliation by the federal government and we’re going to review our legal options,” Azzopardi said.

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