• NY lawsuit vs. Trump to challenge federal ban on New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that allow travelers to skip ahead at airport security lines
BREAKING NEWS: Don’t fuck with New York.
New York is suing the Trump Administration because Trump just blocked state residents from enrolling in the Global Entry.
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security toadies announced on Wednesday that DHS was going to start blocking anyone who claims residency in New York from participating in Trusted Traveler Programs, which includes Global Entry.
These programs function as ways to reduce the burden of security theater on individual travelers through screening and enrollment.
“We’re going to disclose this political intrusion into government, this ham-handed political tactic, that once again hurts New Yorkers to make their political point,” New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo said at a Manhattan news conference on Friday.
From the New York Times:
The decision was a response to a recent New York law that lets undocumented immigrants who live in the state obtain driver’s licenses. The statute, known as the green light law, also prohibits federal immigration officials from gaining access to Department of Motor Vehicles databases without a court order.
The Trump administration accused New York of interfering with federal law enforcement’s “efforts to keep our nation secure” by adopting the law. The administration has said it would lift the Trusted Traveler ban if New York granted them access to motor vehicle records.
The lawsuit will be brought by New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, and will argue that the federal government’s actions were arbitrary and capricious, did not provide state residents equal protection and violated the state’s sovereign immunity, officials said.
New York to Sue Trump Administration Over Global Entry Freeze [NYT, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Feb. 7, 2020, 2:57 p.m. ET]
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