New York residents who were hoping to enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST, will now no longer be able to do so, due to a suspension by the Trump administration. The only program not affected by the ban will be TSA PreCheck, which provides travelers with an expedited security screening.
The ban is thought to be a response to New York’s Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which allows all New Yorkers to apply for a standard driver’s license or learner’s permit regardless of their status in the US. The administration claims that this new law compromises Customs and Border Patrol’s ability to determine if a person applying for a Trusted Traveler Program meets the necessary requirements.
“They use that DMV data to make sure that those individuals are low risk and meet the eligibility requirements,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News.
According to Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, said the action was “obviously political and retaliation by the federal government and we’re going to review our legal options.”
While the issue will likely be ultimately decided in the courts, for now New Yorkers will not be allowed to enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs. Those currently enrolled in Global Entry, however, will be allowed to continue using it until it expires.
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