Wednesday, 26 February, 2020

NY could sue US in travel, immigration disagreement: Cuomo

Neither President Donald Trump nor New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement on expedited entry programs. File Cuomo to Grant Feds Access to DMV Database
Gustavo Carr | 14 February, 2020, 13:36

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.

In the meeting Thursday, Cuomo reiterated that he would allow federal officials to access DMV records only for those who apply to one of the trusted traveler programs, Lever said. Last week, DHS suspended TTP applications and renewals for New Yorkers because of the state's new "Green Light" law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses and bars the DMV from giving up driver's license information without a court order.

President Donald Trump apparently thought it would be a politically productive idea to swipe at Andrew Cuomo's brother ahead of a meeting with the NY governor.

Mr. Cuomo left the White House for the airport without talking to reporters, though Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a statement saying they'll try to find a way forward.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf previously said that allowing federal authorizes to access the DMV database is the only way that NY residents can regain their access to Global Entry and similar Trusted Traveler programs. He said in a tweet that discussions would continue to find a mutually agreeable solution.

Cuomo had said the Trump administration's decision was "politically motivated retaliation meant to punish" the state.

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Then he added: "New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harassment [sic], start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes".

Before Thursday's meeting, Trump criticized Cuomo on Twitter and insulted the governor's brother.

Cuomo had said Wednesday he would offer a compromise that would let federal officials access state driving records on a case-by-case basis in exchange for allowing New Yorkers to once again use Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs.

The two have clashed on Trump's income tax cuts, which imposed a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, hiking federal taxes for many homeowners in NY, and on New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing.

"You apply for this and you do an in-person interview with the federal government and you provide them all your documentation", he said.