New York State to Sue Trump Administration Over Global Entry Freeze

By Jesse Sokolow on 7 February 2020
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New York State officials announced Friday that the state will file suit against the Trump administration over its recent decision to refuse to process new applications and renewals from state residents for various trusted-traveler programs including Global Entry.

On Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security, which operates Global Entry in addition to the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, or SENTRI, a program that expedites re-entry into the United States when traveling from Canada or Mexico and NEXUS, which allows for expedited border crossings between the United States and Canada, announced the move and said it was because a new state law known as the “Green Light Law” prevents federal immigration officials from accessing personal information such as a driver’s record without a court order.

“New York will sue over @DHSGOV’s decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Twitter.

The suit will be brought by the state’s attorney general, Letitia James.  It will contend that the Trump administration’s actions were arbitrary and capricious, did not provide state residents equal protection under the law, and violated the state’s sovereign immunity, officials said.

“We’re going to disclose this political intrusion into government, this ham-handed political tactic, that once again hurts New Yorkers to make their political point,” said Cuomo at a news conference on Friday.

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