The Department of Homeland Security has suspended Global
Entry and several other trusted traveler programs for all residents of New
Chad Wolf, the Acting Homeland Security Chief, was on Fox News Wednesday night when he told host Tucker Carlson that all residents of the Empire State will be unable to enroll in the programs that make flying both domestically and internationally smoother.
Wolf said that New Yorkers “can’t enroll or re-enroll” in the Trusted Traveler Programs — which includes Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, Nexus and more — because the department “no longer [has] access to make sure that they meet those program requirements.”
The benefits of Global Entry include expedited passage through customs in the U.S., no waiting in processing lines or filling out paperwork at airports and eligibility to join TSA PreCheck.
The news from the Trump administration official comes in
response to New York’s sanctuary and Green Light laws, which allow residents to
apply for a driver’s license or learner’s permit regardless of their regardless
of their immigration status.
In a letter to New York State officials, Wolf noted that the
law prohibited state DMVs from sharing criminal records with Customs and Border
Protection (CBP), as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The law
“compromises CBP’s ability to confirm whether an individual applying for Trusted
Travelers Program membership meets program eligibility requirements” and hinders
ICE and their agents from fulfilling their mission.
“In New York alone, last year ICE arrested 149 child
predators, identified or rescued 105 victims of exploitation and human
trafficking, arrested 230 gang members, and seized 6,487 pounds of illegal
narcotics, including fentanyl and opioids,” Wolf wrote in the letter.
“In the vast majority of these cases, ICE relied on New York DMV records
to fulfill its mission.”
Nexus (which allows for entry into the U.S. from Canada) or Sentri (which allows entry into the U.S. from Mexico) would be affected as well. However, TSA PreCheck was not among the Trusted Travelers Programs impacted by the order.