February 10, 2020 1:30 PM, EST

New York Sues Trump Administration Over Trusted Traveler Ban

Letitia James, New York attorney general, speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in November 2019.New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2019. (Al Drago/Bloomberg News)

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New York sued the Trump administration over its plan to bar state residents from enrolling in the federal government Trusted Traveler programs like the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program geared toward commercial truck drivers.

The lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Feb. 10 by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who said last week she intended to challenge the new policy. According to James and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, President Donald Trump is seeking to punish the state for opposing many of his policies targeting immigrants.

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli announced the policy last week, saying it was in response to a new state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain New York driver’s licenses while shielding their information from federal authorities.

According to Cuccinelli, the new law prevents the federal government from accessing data it needs to properly screen Trusted Traveler applicants from New York.

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