The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday froze the ability of New Yorkers to enroll in the global entry program, citing the state's new law that allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses.
The immediate consequences are New Yorkers will be not be able to register as "trusted travelers" which enable people to cut through security lines at airports if they are able to pass a background check program with the Department of Homeland Security.
At issue is a provision in the measure, known as the Green Light Law, which blocks federal immigration enforcement agencies from accessing the Department of Motor Vehicles database unless it has a court order.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office called the move an act of political retaliation from President Donald Trump's administration and suggested legal action would be taken.
“This is obviously political retaliation by the federal government and we’re going to review our legal options," said senior advisor Rich Azzopardi.
Republicans, meanwhile, said the development should lead the state to repealing the Green Light law.
“The Department of Homeland Security provides many services to New York not provided to other states," said Republican Rep. Tom Reed. "Albany must repeal the Green Light Law before the federal government is forced to take further action.”
The Green Light measure was approved by the Legislature in June and signed into law by Cuomo. It has withstood legal challenges from county clerks who run local-level Motor Vehicles offices.