At least that's what people who know the border well think.
"It's literally a killer for the border,"
"It is a manifestation of a petty argument between our governor and the president that's going to impact trade, it's going to impact our financial economy, the flow of people across the border," said
"Make no mistake, the
Those were commonplace reactions Thursday, a day after acting Homeland Security Secretary
That move reignited a debate that the
To entice those people to do so, the law includes a provision that bars the federal government from access to
And that, the Trump administration said, poses a grave national security risk, in that it prevents federal authorities from properly vetting applicants for trusted traveler programs.
"This act and the corresponding lack of security cooperation from the New York DMV requires
The Trump administration's decision means that any
Given that NEXUS and Global Entry cards last five years, the impact of the Trump administration policy will roll out slowly over time.
But even the effects in the near future will be dramatic. About 175,000 New Yorkers will be cut off from federal trusted traveler programs this year, and upwards of 80,000 new applications from state residents will go nowhere.
"So this will have an immediate impact on
About 25% of the current passenger traffic crossing the Peace Bridge utilizes the NEXUS program, said Rienas of the
And that could have a devastating impact on the
"This policy ... threatens the future viability of
One reason for that is that the Trump administration policy also applies to the FAST program, a trusted traveler program for truck drivers.
"I might even be able to argue that this is even more critical in our region for getting the trucks across the border," said
"From day one I have objected to the constitutionality of the Green
Kearns said the
"This is yet another result of one-party extremists in
And further action is possible. Asked why the
None of this would have happened if state
"This is not on the federal government; this is on
"This is unbounded arrogance, disrespect of the rule of law, hyperpolitical government and this is another form of extortion," Cuomo said on a WAMC public radio interview Thursday morning.
Cuomo downplayed the federal government's national security concerns, saying it's "ludicrous" to think that undocumented immigrants would schedule interviews with federal agents in order to get a trusted traveler card.
"It is pure politics," Cuomo said of the federal homeland security move.
State Attorney General
"We will resist efforts that target New Yorkers and cut off our access to Global Entry or any other trusted traveler program," James said. "As the state's attorney and chief law enforcement officer, I will continue to vigorously defend
While both the Cuomo administration and James suggested that the Trump administration's move may result in legal action, Higgins raised a possibility that has yet to get any traction in
"We are calling on the state and federal governments to negotiate in good faith to allow for a return to reliable border operations," Higgins said.
More likely, though, the sudden controversy over the new federal policy will end up in court, said
"It'll get tangled up in the court system, but ultimately we've seen time and time again for the last three and a half years, that it is loudly and clearly stated in the
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