After a long and tedious process of going through Global Entry and not even making it to the interview and paying the $100 application fee over 80,000 New Yorkers have been denied Global Entry. All over social media on the morning of Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 were angry New Yorkers discussing the fact that they have been denied their right to having a Global Entry due to President Donald Trump restricting the state of New York’s access to Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs.
Many woke up to check their emails to receive this message:
Dear Trusted Traveler Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in Trusted Traveler Programs of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Trusted Traveler Programs are voluntary and available to travelers that go through a comprehensive vetting. Applicants found to be ineligible for participation may still be permitted to enter into the United States although they will not be permitted to use the Trusted Traveler dedicated lanes.
We regret to inform you that your application has been cancelled for the following reason:
You do not meet the program eligibility requirements because you have listed the state of New York as your current residence. At this time, CBP is unable to verify certain information connected to your application.
CBP is committed to the fair, impartial, and respectful treatment of all members of the trade and traveling public, and has memorialized its commitment to nondiscrimination in existing policies, including the February 2014 CBP Policy on Nondiscrimination in Law Enforcement Activities and all other Administered Programs.
This is an automated email. Please do not reply.
For the rest of the New Yorkers who already have a Global Entry membership will still be allowed to use it until their membership expires.
For those who are unaware this right is being held hostage due to the new Green Light Law, a recently enacted measure that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. It also bars federal immigration officials from gaining access to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles databases without a court order.
The suspension of the Global Entry has received a lot of backlash from New York State Officials who ended up filing a lawsuit against the trump administration stating that the ban is illegal. The Governor Andrew Cuomo called it “extortion” alongside “abuse of power”. Cuomo did make the effort and go to Washington to go sit with President Trump with the intent of compromise, as it was said to be productive there was no progress on yielding and tangible results.
There has also been feedback from DHS Officials that that other states that enact similar policies of New York's Green Light Law will also face the same repercussions. As of right now 15 other states, and the District of Columbia have driver licence laws similar to New York. There are also several other states that are withholding DMV information from the federal authorities.
The state of New Jersey has recently signed legislation like New York’s into law when Governor Phil Murphy approved this passed December. Not only giving undocumented immigrants access to special drivers license, their law also states that information on their DMV applications will not be released without a court order. They plan to have this law take full effect January 1st, 2021.
Federal Officials have not banned any residents of any other states from the programs, but of course the Trump Administration did sue New Jersey and a county in Washington that includes Seattle for limiting their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
DHS now claims that refund will be on their way for the New Yorkers who have applied for Global Entry and got denied but there is no time frame for when they should be expected.