DHS lifting Global Entry ban in New York State

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DHS had implemented a ban on Global Entry enrollment for New York State residents in February.
DHS had implemented a ban on Global Entry enrollment for New York State residents in February. Photo Credit: Arne Beruldsen/Shutterstock

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program for New York State residents.  

On Feb. 5, DHS halted Global Entry enrollment and re-enrollment by New York residents, putting the programs into the middle of a broader immigration dispute between the Trump administration and the state. 

The ban was the Trump administration’s response to New York’s Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license and bars the release of applicants’ personal information to federal immigration authorities, notably Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection without a court order or warrant. The Green Light Law went into effect in December. 

The DHS said Thursday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature had amended the law, allowing for information sharing with New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

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