Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday’s meeting between President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss expedited border crossing programs was “productive.”
“Today, I joined President Trump and Governor Cuomo for a productive meeting,” Wolf said in a statement. “The relationship between New York State and the Federal government is very important but has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York State regarding the sharing of critical security information with DHS. New York is the only State that restricts CBP access to their data across the board — for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes. Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution.”
The Department of Homeland Security announced last week that New Yorkers are no longer eligible for programs like NEXUS, because of the state’s decision to limit federal agencies from accessing Department of Motor Vehicles records as part of a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.