30,000 Truckers Will SOON Deal With Longer Delays at U.S. Border… Here’s Why
Washington D.C. – As many as 30,000 New York truckers will soon be experiencing longer delays at U.S. ports of entry.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced sweeping changes impacting more than 200,000 New Yorkers enrolled in Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP).
DHS will no longer allow New York residents to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain TTPs.
This action will phase out as many as 30,000 New York truckers currently enrolled in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program at four New York-Canada ports of entry.
The FAST program allows for expedited processing for commercial carriers who have completed background checks and fulfill certain eligibility requirements.
The move comes in response to New York State implementing the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law), which grants illegal immigrants the right to obtain driver’s licenses and prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with DHS.
DHS says added security measures are needed because the Green Light Law prevents U.S. Customs and Border Security (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from “fully vetting” New York residents.
“New York’s ‘Green Light Law’ is ill-conceived and the Department is forced to take this action to ensure the integrity of our TTPs,” said DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. “It’s very clear: this irresponsible action has consequences.”
Wolf explained that ICE uses the [DMV] information as they investigate and build cases against terrorists and criminals who commit child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and financial crimes.
“Unfortunately, because of this law, they can no longer do that,” Wolf stated.
Further, Wolf said, “CBP also uses that data for national security purposes and to ensure safe and lawful trade and travel. Specifically, CBP is able to offer TTPs like Global Entry because we are able to use DMV data to make an evidence-based assessment that those individuals who seek this benefit are low risk and meet the eligibility requirements. Without the DMV information we aren’t able to make that assessment.”
Additionally, because the law hinders DHS from validating documents used to establish vehicle ownership, the exporting of used vehicles titled and registered in New York State will be significantly delayed and could also be costlier, DHS says.
After learning of the new policy, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the DHS and the Trump Administration for what he called “unbounded arrogance, disrespect of the rule of law, and hyper political government.”
In an appearance on WAMC, Cuomo ripped the decision saying, “This is another form of extortion. It is pure politics. It has nothing to do with effecting government policy or laws.”
According to an Associated Press report on Friday, New York state officials are preparing a lawsuit to challenge DHS’s decision.
While the changes impact travelers enrolled in TTPs such as Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI and NEXUS, the new policy will not apply to TSA PreCheck, used for air travel from U.S. airports, nor does it impact travelers using enhanced IDs.
DHS says the new policy will also impact 80,000 people who were in the process of signing up for these TTPs.