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New York to sue DHS over resident exclusion from Trusted Travelers Programs
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New York to sue DHS over resident exclusion from Trusted Travelers Programs

New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday announced the state’s plans to sue the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to the new policy blocking New York residents from enrolling in the Trusted Travelers Programs.

In her press release, James criticized the Trump administration policy:

We plan to take legal action and sue the Trump Administration for its unfair targeting of New York State residents. This new policy will negatively impact travelers, workers, commerce, and our economy, so we will fight the president’s shortsighted crusade against his former home. We will not allow New Yorkers to be targeted or bullied by an authoritarian thug.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf sent a letter to the commissioners of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday highlighting the new policy. The DHS banned New York residents from enrollment in the programs in response to New York’s “Green Light Law” allowing undocumented residents to obtain a driver’s license.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed support for legal action:

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program is yet another example of this administration’s disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-partisan politics and use of extortion. There is no rational basis for this politically motivated ban, and we are taking legal action to stop the federal government from inconveniencing New Yorkers to score political points.

President Donald Trump responded via Twitter Saturday that Cuomo wanted to meet with the president this weekend but canceled.