New York to sue US over its removal from traveller programmes

New York State Guv Andrew Cuomo talks at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, New York, United States [File: Hans Pennink/AP Photo]

New York Guv Andrew Cuomo stated on Friday that the state will submit a suit challenging the United States Department of Homeland Security’s decision to block New Yorkers from taking part in “trusted traveller programmes” in retribution for a new state law that might impede federal migration enforcement.

“It’s an abuse of power. It’s extortion. It is hurting New Yorkers to advance their political agenda. And we’re going to fight back,” stated Cuomo, a Democrat.

The claim is the most recent salvo in an escalating battle over migration policy in between Republican politician President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in his home state.


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In December, a new state law worked enabling New York homeowners to obtain chauffeur’s licences without having to show they remain in the US with files. Part of that law likewise restricted the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles from providing records to federal migration representatives.

On Thursday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) struck back, stating it would no longer enable New Yorkers to enlist, or restore their membership in, specific federal programmes that make it much easier for individuals taking a trip worldwide to make it through border security, consisting of the Global Entry program.

In revealing the modification, acting DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli stated New York had actually threatened public safety by disallowing federal representatives from rapidly accessing vehicle and rap sheets to look for fugitive warrants or verify somebody’s recognition.

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Migration Solutions, speaking to the news media at the White Home in Washington, DC [Leah Millis/Reuters] 

The relocation is anticipated to impact a minimum of 175,000 New Yorkers now registered in the programmes, who will be tossed out as their licenses end, plus around 30,000 industrial truck drivers registered in a program that reduces their crossings into the US from neighbouring Canada.

A number of other states have comparable policies of enabling unauthorised immigrants to get chauffeur’s licences, however New York is the only state that prohibits the sharing of motor vehicle records with migration representatives, DHS authorities stated.

Trump has actually been singling out New York in current months for particularly severe criticism over so-called “sanctuary” policies for immigrants.

The president attacked New York City authorities in his State of the Union address over the city’s policy of not turning over some criminal accuseds desired for migration infractions. US Migration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) likewise just recently sent out subpoenas to police in Denver and New York inquiring on immigrants who the company hopes to deport.

AP news company

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