New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Thursday to discuss the federal government’s decision to suspend New Yorkers’ access to the “Global Entry” program, which streamlines entry procedures at airports and borders.
Cuomo had requested the meeting after the Department of Homeland Security announced last week the cancellation, at least temporarily, of the program that allows for expedited entry into the country after receiving prior approval from authorities, an issue that is blamed on New York being a “sanctuary” city for undocumented immigrants.
“He offered me a meeting and his first availability was tomorrow and I took it,” Cuomo said Wednesday during an interview with a local Long Island radio station.
The Trump Administration’s action came in response to New York’s decision to prevent federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from accessing Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records unless they have a court order, after approving driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
The state of New York responded by filing a lawsuit in federal court calling the Department of Homeland Security’s action “arbitrary”.
Since Trump became president, he has been a critic of Cuomo and the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, and there has been an exchange of accusations between these leaders.
New York has sued the government for policies it has implemented that have affected the immigrant community, many of whom are residents of this state or have affected the general population.