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NYers can now rejoin Trusted Traveler program

Jul 24, 2020 5:30 am
Emilie Munson is reporting for the Times Union New Yorkers are now able to rejoin a federal Trusted Traveler program by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and federal officials said July 23. New Yorkers were blocked from the safe-traveler programs in February due to a disagreement between federal and state officials over access to state records that could reveal immigration information. The ban arose from implementation of New York's Green Light Law, which permits the undocumented to obtain state drivers licenses. Cuomo offered to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection access to the state drivers license database for purposes of vetting the applicants for the Trusted Traveler program, but not unfettered access to the system. In April, a provision allowing that access was approved with the state budget. "I am glad that this issue has finally been resolved for all New Yorkers," Cuomo said. "There was never a factual basis for banning New York residents from enrolling in Global Entry — the ban’s true purpose was to punish New York state for embracing diversity and inclusion," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. "I am pleased that President Trump has reversed this deeply misguided policy and urge him to refrain from further abuses of power.” Read the full story in the Times Union.