Recently Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf appeared on Fox’s Tucker Carlson show with some breaking news concerning New York State’s new sanctuary policy involving illegal aliens acquiring driver’s licenses.
Wolf announced that the Trump administration will no longer allow resident New Yorker’s the ability to enroll in several federal programs including Global Entry or other Trusted Traveler programs, because of the reckless and dangerous sanctuary policies enacted by the Cuomo administration — in particular the states new “Green Light Law.”
The DHS chief revealed to Carlson that he sent a letter to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles informing the agency, that New York drivers will no longer have access or be allowed to join federally sponsored Global Entry and other secure travel programs, citing the states new limits imposed on them denying information sharing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies.
Wolf went on to explain those limits by New York State makes it impossible for federal agencies tasked with protecting the homeland too effectively and safely process travelers’ applications for Global Entry and other programs.
The new measure by the Trump administration is designed in limiting any liability that may result from having unvetted drivers within the various federal travel programs, and to also send a message to other sanctuary states thinking of mimicking New York’s disastrous law.
The new decree would affect the approximately 150,000 New York state residents who apply to the traveler programs each year. However New Yorker’s currently enrolled in Global Entry and programs such as SENTRI and NEXUS would not lose their status, but they will not be able to renew.
In his letter, Wolf explained that New York’s new Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, known as the “Green Light Law”, made it impossible for the Department of Homeland Security to properly vet applicants for the Trusted Traveler programs.
“Although DHS would prefer to continue our long-standing cooperative relationship with New York on a variety of these critical homeland security initiatives, this Act and the corresponding lack of security cooperation from the New York DMV requires DHS to take immediate action to ensure DHS’s efforts to protect the Homeland are not compromised,” Wolf wrote.