Cuomo meets with Trump to offer deal on travelers program

Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 19:34:57-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has visited the White House in the hope he can persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at U.S. at the border.

The Democratic governor and Republican president met Thursday to discuss their dispute over New York's new “Green Light” law, which lets unauthorized immigrants obtain state driver's licenses and also bars federal immigration agents from accessing state motor vehicle records.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says the leaders held a “productive meeting."

Cuomo offered to allow federal officials access Department of Motor Vehicles records only for individuals applying to Trusted Traveler Programs.

"As the Governor previously said, we believe DHS's action was politically motivated and unwarranted as the FBI already has information regarding criminal records and TTP applicants already go through an extensive federal background check. The President said that this is an issue he wants to work on and that he would follow up with the Governor next week," said Dani Lever, Cuomo's Communications Director.