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Cuomo Threatens to Sue For Damages Over Trusted Traveler Ban

The Trump administration admitted it singled out New York for withholding some driver's license data even though other states had similar policies

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) threatened to seek damages against the federal government after it admitted to making false statements in its decision to bar New Yorkers from applying for Global Entry and other Trusted Travelers programs. 

In a lawsuit between the Trump administration and New York state, the federal government admitted it had made inaccurate statements when deciding to bar New Yorkers from the programs and said the ban would be immediately lifted. “I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we’ll be pursuing possible claims for that,” Cuomo said. “It was a clear abuse of government power for political purposes.”

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) echoed Cuomo’s concerns and called for the Department of Homeland Security inspector general to investigate the issue. 

The back and forth stems from a February decision by DHS to ban New Yorkers from Trusted Travelers programs, which allows travelers to use expedited security checks when leaving the country. DHS said New York’s Green Light Law, which let undocumented immigrants get driver’s licenses, forced it to implement the decision because the law blocked DHS from accessing some driver’s license information. DHS said that endangered national security. But on Thursday, the government admitted several other states had laws similar to the Green Light Law but didn’t implement this response. Reuters

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