After the passage of New York’s so-called “Green Light law” that made driver’s licenses available to illegal aliens, DHS suspended the ability of New Yorkers to enroll in or renew their status in various Trusted Traveler programs. Members are vetted in terms of not posing a security risk and allowed to skip the long lines at customs when flying into the country or when driving through border crossings. This led to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo arranging a meeting with President Trump to offer a “compromise” wherein that prohibition could be lifted. It was a terrible offer and the President rightly rejected it.
Despite the unpleasant and very public spat that ensued, Cuomo is coming back with another offer. Let’s just say that I hope he’s not holding his breath for a better result this time. (Newsday)
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday made public another option to get the Trump administration to restore New Yorkers to “trusted traveler” programs to help them speed through airports security checkpoints, while also issuing a warning to New York law enforcement agencies that might provide full driver’s license data to federal officials.
Cuomo said he offered to provide the driver’s license records that the Trump administration demands, but without any reference to Social Security numbers, which could identify people who are in the country illegally.
Cuomo said he had previously offered this option to federal officials in private meetings and it was rejected.