New York residents will no longer be able to register or re-enroll in the Global Entry program, which allows travelers to quickly clear customs when they enter the U.S.,media outlet The Verge reported. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a letter Wednesday that it will suspend the Global Entry Program (and similar programs such as NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST), meaning that any New York resident who fails the Global Entry verification may be stuck on an indefinite waiting list.
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision comes after a New York state law that prohibits federal agencies from accessing driver’s licenses and vehicle registration information. New York lawmakers last year passed the Driver’s License acquisition and privacy law, which explicitly prohibits U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing the DMV data, as well as sending information to CBP or ICE by law enforcement agencies in other states.
The decision to abolish “global entry” depends on politics. The Trump administration has been highly concerned about immigration, and the Department of Homeland Security says New York’s new law prevents its organization from investigating ICE targets. In his State of the Union address earlier this week, Mr. Trump condemned New York’s immigration policies.
“Just 29 days ago, a foreign criminal released from the sanctuary city of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman,” Mr Trump said. The killer had previously been arrested for violent attacks. He was released under New York’s asylum policy. If the city had respected ICE’s request for detention, his victims would still be alive today. “
The New York Civil Liberties Union called the decision to “global entry” a “political stunt.” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said: “The Trump administration has shown time and again that it is willing to go to war on immigrants and to intimidate states into doing the right thing. The Green Light Act makes New York’s roads safer, allows immigrants to care for their families, and reduces the risk that regular traffic stops could lead to detention or even deportation. “
Although this DMV rule does not appear to affect any New Yorker who currently has “global entry”, there are many people who are waiting to obtain that entry permit may not be able to do so.