NY could sue US in travel, immigration disagreement: Cuomo

02/14/2020 04:00 | NaN

NY could sue US in travel, immigration disagreement: Cuomo

Expect fireworks as President Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepare to meet at the White House on Thursday for a tête-à-tête on immigration. The freeze was enacted last week in response to New York's new law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and prevents ICE and CBP from accessing New York's DMV records.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's comments in a Wednesday radio interview come a day after NY officials filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of Homeland Security's move to block NY residents from "trusted traveler" programs.

But on Thursday, before traveling to Washington to meet with Trump, Cuomo pointed to a Homeland Security memo published by Buzzfeed earlier this week that outlined measures the department would take against states that limit access to driver records.

Cuomo, a Democrat, called the Trump administration's move "extortion" and an effort to punish NY for political purposes.

Cuccinelli warns Washington lawmakers that, if they pass a similar law, residents will lose access to the Trusted Traveler Programs "just as New York's did". Cuomo said that federal officials can access criminal records from the FBI. He noted that people who are in the USA illegally couldn't apply for the "trusted traveler" programs anyway because it would be tantamount to turning themselves over to federal agents.

"They said, 'I'm burning down the house anyway, '" Cuomo said. "I believe they just want political noise because they really want to make their argument about immigration".

"I'm cooperating", Cuomo said.

During his appearance on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the governor said he would not hand over the entire DMV database to the feds and only provide the driver's license data of TTP applicants. He said that New York City residents understand the importance of ensuring people have proper identification when they enter the country in light of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the city.

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