President Donald Trump is yet to call Gov. Andrew Cuomo back to talk about ending the standoff surrounding trusted traveler programs for New York.
But on Thursday a very different response is coming from the federal government and the Trump administration about 15 minutes driving time from the state Capitol: The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will visit the Rensselaer County jail.
The visit by Acting Director Matthew Albence is expected to center on the federal government's concerns surrounding the new state law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for and receive driver's licenses, and the provision that restricts immigration enforcement agencys from accessing the motor vehicle database.
Cuomo has offered to provide the records on a case-by-case basis of those applying for trusted traveler programs, which New Yorkers have been frozen out of applying for or re-registering under this month by the federal government.
"That answers rationally, logically, any concern they could have," Cuomo said Wednesday in an interview on WAMC. "They're left with, well, we turned off the trusted traveler program really just so they could create pressure and angst and poliitcal noise because there is no rational basis."
Cuomo met last week with the president at the White House and no resolution was reached.
"I haven't heard back this week a conclusion to the conversation," Cuomo said on Wednesday.
Democrats, meanwhile, protested Albence's visit to the Capital Region.
“Acting Director Albence’s and ICE’s inhumane family separation policy at the southern border, in addition to pursuing unprecedented numbers of deportations of law-abiding migrants, asylum seekers, and victims of circumstance is contrary to our New York values and will find no welcome in the Capital Region," said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. "The Constitution affords states the right to craft and enact policy in the interest of public safety like the Green Light law – as 14 other states and D.C. have also done – and we will continue building a state that allows all to prosper, regardless of their background.”