Department of Homeland Security Suspends Global Entry for New York Residents

The move is in response to the state's sanctuary law

Participant holding a sign at the silent vigil outside ICE court building. Immigration advocacy groups, faith leaders, elected officials and supporters gathered at Foley Square outside the immigration court building at 26 Federal Plaza, in a solidarity action for Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition Director at his U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-in, to speak out against ICEs harassment of immigrant communities and targeting of their leaders. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Participant holding a sign at the silent vigil outside ICE court building. Immigration advocacy groups, faith leaders, elected officials and supporters gathered at Foley Square outside the immigration court building at 26 Federal Plaza, in a solidarity action for Ravi Ragbir, New Sanctuary Coalition Director at his U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) check-in, to speak out against ICEs harassment of immigrant communities and targeting of their leaders. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / February 6, 2020 10:05 am

In an unprecedented move on Wednesday night, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf revealed on Tucker Carlson Tonight that his department is suspending enrollment in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) for all residents of New York state, effective immediately.

The decision comes in response to New York’s Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to apply for and receive driver’s licenses and prohibits the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing criminal records with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“In New York alone, last year ICE arrested 149 child predators, identified or rescued 105 victims of exploitation and human trafficking, arrested 230 gang members, and seized 6,487 pounds of illegal narcotics, including fentanyl and opioids,” Wolf wrote in a letter to New York state officials. “In the vast majority of these cases, ICE relied on New York DMV records to fulfill its mission.”

The state, meanwhile, is reviewing its legal options in response to the move, insisting that it’s simply a political tactic. “This is obviously political retaliation by the federal government, and we’re going to review our legal options,” Rich Azzopardi, a senior aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, told CNN.

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