New York's finalized the end of federal government's effort to freeze residents out of "trusted traveler" programs was finalized on Tuesday after a federal court moved to grant summary judgment in the case.
“This confirms what we already knew: a radicalized Department of Homeland Security tried to extract economic pain on New Yorkers in the name of politics and then lied to the American people about it," said Rich Azzopardi, a senior advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo. "Let this be a lesson: You cannot use government for political extortion and the truth will always come out."
Access to the programs, which provide ease of entry over border crossings, was frozen for New York residents amid a dispute with President Donald Trump's administration over New York's Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses.
New York officials filed a lawsuit to challenge the move. But federal officials later dropped their support for the travel freeze after amendments were made to the Green Light Law in July.
“Our lawsuit against DHS was always about stopping the president’s politically-motivated and retaliatory rule, which sought to punish New York for enacting its own state laws," said Attorney General Letitia James. "Today’s decision will restore Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs to New Yorkers and marks a major victory for travelers, workers, commerce, and our state’s economy. We will continue to defend New York’s sovereign rights and will fight to protect our state’s residents.”