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DHS Bars New Yorkers From Trusted Traveler Programs

Homeland Security Department says New Yorkers aren't eligible for programs that preapprove travelers because of the state's new driver's license law.
Posted at 12:39 PM, Feb 06, 2020

The U.S. Homeland Security Department is barring New York residents from participating in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs that allow modified screening for pre-approved travelers. 

That's because New York recently passed a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said the law compromises officials' ability to thoroughly vet applicants for Trusted Traveler Programs and, therefore, impedes efforts to protect New Yorkers from "menacing threats to national security and public safety." 

Wolf sent a letter to top New York state officials announcing the decision. It means New Yorkers are no longer eligible to enroll or re-enroll in four programs that enable pre-approved travelers to move quickly through the lines at the airport or port of entry. 

But critics argue the decision is political retaliation by the Trump administration for enacting the measure. After all, the crackdown was announced shortly after President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, during which he criticized New York over its sanctuary city status.

Contains footage from CNN.