WASHINGTON (WIVB) — After it was announced that New York would sue the federal government following the Department of Homeland Security’s ban on New Yorkers using the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP), Gov. Cuomo is planning to meet with President Trump.
Gov. Cuomo appeared on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Wednesday morning, saying the meeting is planned for Thursday.
Cuomo would like to present the possibility of handling matters of information on TTP enrollees on a case-by-case business. The plan would not allow the federal government full access to the state’s databases, but instead, allow them to vet people in relation to TTP.
During his radio interview, Cuomo said that when undocumented immigrants get a driver’s license, they are registered in the state’s databases. Cuomo believes the federal government is looking for information on them so that it can be turned over U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Cuomo says this would allow the federal government to have a “feeding frenzy” on undocumented people.
Anyone who applied for the TTP is subjected to more scrutiny than what one would experience at the DMV, Cuomo stated. To be certified for TTP, you must be a citizen.
“You should never apply for TTP status if you’re undocumented,” Cuomo says, because this would essentially be an act of turning yourself in to the federal government.