New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office would sue the Trump administration over a new rule that bars residents of the state from enrolling in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs. Trumps new law is a response to the passage of a NY state law that lets illegal immigrants get drivers licenses.
James claimed that the administrations move was “political retribution.”
“We plan to take legal action and sue the Trump Administration for its unfair targeting of New York State residents. This new policy will negatively impact travelers, workers, commerce, and our economy, so we will fight the presidents shortsighted crusade against his former home,” she said in a statement.
“We will not allow New Yorkers to be targeted or bullied by an authoritarian thug.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said that the decision to ban New Yorkers from the trusted traveler programs was an example of the Trump administrations “disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-partisan politics and use of extortion.”
“There is no rational basis for this politically motivated ban, and we are taking legal action to stop the federal government from inconveniencing New Yorkers to score political points,” he said.
The Department of Homeland Security this week announced the ban on New Yorkers, citing the new law, known as the Drivers License Access and Privacy Act, which passed late last year.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which runs the trusted traveler programs, said in a statement that the ban was “effective immediately.”
“Nothing is more important than the safety of the United States and our citizens, and the New York Green Light law makes us less safe, and shields criminals,” CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a statement.
“We recognize that many New York residents and businesses will be negatively affected by this change, but we cannot compromise the safety and security of our homeland. When states take negative measures that hinder our ability to protect our great country, we must respond.”
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