President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to reach a deal during a meeting at the White House over the Trump administrations blocking of New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs.
Trump, Cuomo, and others, including acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, met on Feb. 13 after New York Attorney General Letitia James sued the administration over the ban.
Wolf said the meeting was “productive” but that no agreement was reached.
“We will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution,” he said in a statement.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a radio interview a day before the meeting that he would offer the White House information from the state Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) database. The ban on New Yorkers from the trusted traveler programs, such as Global Entry, stemmed from New York authorities blocking federal officials from accessing the database.
Cuomo said full access wouldnt be granted and information from the database would only be given on a “case by case” basis. He also said he “will never give” federal authorities access to information on illegal immigrants.
“Thats what they want: they want access to the undocumenteds so they can give it to ICE, and ICE can have a feeding frenzy assaulting undocumented people,” he said, calling the decision to ban New Yorkers from the traveler programs “pure politics.”
Cuomo said after the meeting: “I restated my initial solution: NY is willing to provide DMV records for NYers applying to TTP.”
“Hes open to working with us on this and well continue the conversation in the coming week,” Cuomo stated.
Wolf and other federal officials have said blocking authorities from the information makes it impossible to verify peoples identities, sparking the ban.
The law, which lets illegal aliens get drivers licenses, forbids the state DMV from providing drivers license and vehicle registration information, Wolf wrote in a letter to Mark Schroeder, acting commissioner of the state DMV, and Theresa Egan, executive deputy commissioner of the DMV.
Customs and Border Protection, which runs the trusted traveler programs, has relied on data from the DMV to validate that a person applying for the programs “qualifies for low-risk status or meets other program requirements,” Wolf wrote. Agents also check on criminal history and use records to check on whether used vehicles can be exported.
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