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New York Residents No Longer Eligible to
Apply for or Renew Trusted Traveler Programs

February 06, 2020   06:15 p.m.
    Press Release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
    Release Date: February 6, 2020

    New York Residents No Longer Eligible to Apply for or Renew
    Trusted Traveler Programs

    State Law Prevents CBP from Determining Program Eligibility

    WASHINGTON — Effective immediately, residents of the State of New York will
    no longer be eligible to apply for or renew membership in U.S. Customs and
    Border Protection Trusted Traveler Programs due to state legislation that
    restricts CBP’s access to certain criminal history information maintained by the
    New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    In addition, the Vehicle Exports program will be affected. Vehicles titled in New
    York may be de-prioritized for export, as resource limitations require, when
    supporting documents cannot be authenticated through information sharing with
    New York DMV.  

    The decision comes as the State of New York implements the “Driver’s License
    Access and Privacy Act,” which prohibits CBP from accessing information
    maintained by the New York DMV. Without access to this information, CBP
    cannot properly complete security checks for Trusted Traveler Program
    applications and renewals submitted by New York residents, greatly increasing
    our security risk.

    “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,”
    said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. “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.”

    New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew membership in
    CBP Trusted Traveler Programs and CBP will cancel all pending Trusted
    Traveler Program applications submitted by residents of New York. Refunds will
    be processed automatically.

    New York residents who are currently enrolled in Trusted Travel Programs will
    retain their benefits until their memberships expire.

    CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs provide secure, expedited processing for pre-
    approved, low-risk travelers. The programs include Global Entry, NEXUS,
    SENTRI and FAST.

    For more information about Trusted Traveler Programs, please visit ttp.dhs.gov.

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    Griffo statement on U.S. Department of Homeland Security decision
    regarding New York travelers

    New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Griffo, R-I-C-Rome,
    released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of
    Homeland Security’s decision to bar New York residents from enrolling in Global
    Entry and other trusted-traveler programs. The Department of Homeland Security
    made the decision in response to New York’s passage of the Green Light Law
    last year.

    Deputy Minority Leader Griffo’s statement is below:

    “The recent decision by the Department of Homeland Security is unfortunate and
    yet another example of the negative consequences that have resulted from one-
    party and one-region rule in New York State. I recognize a need for immigration
    reforms. However, as I have said in the past, immigration is a longstanding
    federal issue that cannot be addressed state by state. Now, as the result of a
    downstate-driven policy, law-abiding New Yorkers are being penalized, punished
    and inconvenienced."

    Deputy Minority leader Griffo did not support the Green Light Law.

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    Statement from Congresswoman Stefanik's Office:

    Stefanik Opposes New York State Law Causing Suspension of
    Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents

    Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to New York State’s “Green Light Law”,
    the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced their decision to
    suspend enrollment in Global Entry and other trusted-traveler programs for New
    York State residents. The “Green Light Law”, which took effect in December
    2019, allows issuance of a driver’s license to illegal immigrants. In making their
    decision, DHS cited that the state’s sanctuary policies that safeguard immigrants
    from deportation. DHS will immediately stop accepting new applications from
    New York State residents to enroll or re-enroll in some of the agency’s travel
    programs, including Global Entry. New York is the only state to be impacted by
    DHS’s decision thus far.

    “After repeatedly ignoring law enforcement experts at the federal and local level,
    Governor Cuomo’s prioritization of illegal immigrants over law abiding New
    Yorkers is continuing to have damaging effects,” said Congresswoman Stefanik.
    “The Governor’s reckless Green Light Law not only has hampered efforts to
    enforce federal immigration laws, it is continuing to have harmful implications for
    our state. In December of last year, I warned Governor Cuomo that this
    irresponsible policy would inhibit our CBP officers at the Northern Border from
    doing their jobs. Qualified, legal citizens should not be penalized by the Governor’
    s unconscionable actions, which not only hinder our border patrol, law
    enforcement, and other agencies from being able to effectively do their job, but
    now also prevent our residents from receiving access to important travel
    programs.”

    “This announcement from DHS is just the latest example of how Governor
    Cuomo and the State Senate Democratic Majority’s Green Light Law and
    criminal-coddling policies continue to compromise public safety and hurt New
    York State,” said State Senator Daphne Jordan. “In leading the fight against the
    Green Light Law in the State Senate, I warned last year of the untold
    consequences of this bad law and its negative impact on public safety. It is sad
    and shameful that Governor Cuomo and Senate Democrats put politics and
    illegal immigrants ahead of sound public policy and law-abiding New Yorkers. I
    am truly thankful for Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s continued, powerful
    advocacy and national leadership in opposing the Green Light Law and standing
    strong for homeland security and the rule of law.”

    “When the ‘Green Light Law’ was debated on the Assembly floor last year, I
    raised serious concerns about the far-reaching impact this policy could have.  It’s
    hamstringing law enforcement and Border Agents from effectively executing their
    jobs and now after the news that DHS has cut off New Yorkers from enrolling in
    trusted traveler programs, this reinforces the fact that this law is just plain wrong,
    period,” said State Assemblyman Mark Walczyk. “New Yorkers shouldn’t have
    the pay the price for this misguided policy that puts the rights of undocumented
    immigrants before the rights of legal, law abiding citizens.    I’m proud to stand
    alongside Congresswoman Stefanik on this issue.”

    “The Green Light law that Assembly and Senate Democrats rammed through last
    year as part of their pro-illegal immigrant/anti-law and order agenda is another
    example of how their insistence on ignoring our law enforcement professionals
    and sanctuary policies are hurting law abiding New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman
    Dan Stec. “I voted against this poor policy and will continue to fight this sort of
    outrageous legislation.”

    “Our governor needs to start putting the residents of New York state first. I’m
    tired of hearing time and time again that illegal immigrants are receiving priority
    over our own citizens,” said Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush. “It’s outrageous
    that the Green Light Law will now be punishing our legal residents.”

    “I voted against the Green-Light Law because it rewards people who have
    broken the laws of our country and incentivizes them to come to New York state,”
    said Assemblyman Robert Smullen. “Now we are also seeing that law-abiding
    New Yorkers will have their travel impacted as the Department of Homeland
    Security has no choice but to prohibit New York residents’ enrollment in Trusted
    Traveler Programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST, which are
    utilized to expedite international travel. I hope this will serve as a wake-up call to
    leaders in Albany that we cannot prioritize our political agendas ahead of our
    national security.”

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    Statement from NYS Attorney General's Office:

    Attorney General James’ Statement on Trump Administration’s Attempt
    to Restrict Global Entry to New York Residents

    NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the
    following statement after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent
    a letter to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stating that
    the federal government would no longer enroll or re-enroll New York residents in
    a number of the federal government’s Trusted Traveler Programs, including
    Global Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS, and FAST (Free and Secure Trade):

    “Despite President Trump’s attempt to punish New Yorkers for passing its own
    laws and standing up to his xenophobic policies, New York will not back down.
    Already, 13 additional states and the District of Columbia have passed similar
    laws to the one the Trump Administration cites in its letter, so we will resist efforts
    that target New Yorkers and cut off our access to Global Entry or any other
    Trusted Traveler Program. As the state’s attorney and chief law enforcement
    officer, I will continue to vigorously defend New York laws and our state’s
    residents against the president’s vindictive actions. New Yorkers will not be
    targeted or bullied by an authoritarian thug.”

    Last year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Green Light bill into
    law, which allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver licenses. This law
    is legal and enforceable, and two separate federal courts have already dismissed
    meritless lawsuits against the law. The Green Light law aims to make New York
    roads safer, provide a boost to the state’s economy, and allows immigrants to
    come out of the shadows.

    Despite 13 other states and the District of Columbia already passing similar laws
    that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses, the Trump
    Administration yesterday singled out and targeted New York State and its
    residents by informing the New York State DMV that New York residents could
    no longer enroll or reenroll in a number of Trusted Traveler Programs. While the
    Office of the Attorney General is still reviewing this matter, it appears that New
    York residents who are already active Trusted Traveler Program participants will
    not have Global Entry participation or participation in any of the other programs
    revoked. TSA Pre✓ does not seem to be affected at this time. Additionally, the
    DHS has stated that the exportation of used vehicles titled and registered in New
    York State could be delayed and could be costlier under their new policy.

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