The Department of Homeland Security is suspending enrollment in Global Entry and other trusted-traveler programs for New York residents in response to the state’s so-called sanctuary policies to safeguard immigrants from deportation, the acting chief of the department said.
I gather people didn't read the cite. What New York state has done is decided to issue drivers licenses to non-Americans in the US illegally. They've also ordered that state DMV provide no information to DHS. So programs which relied on the drivers license as proof of citizenship are obviously no longer able to accept New York drivers licenses because they are clearly no longer proof of citizenship. I'm no fan of the Trump administration but this is entirely logical and consistent.
It's not ok. The state can issue licenses to whomever it wants, and has no responsibility whatsoever to supply the feds with information. Drivers licenses were never proof of citizenship in any state. The feds can easily get proof of citizenship the same way they always have.
This is nothing more than retaliation and has nothing to do with safety.
That was my first thought, what is illegal about how a state issues their licenses. The feds don’t have any say in that process, do they? Also being a citizen isn’t a prerequisite for getting a license is it?
Apparently Michigan requires a SS# or proof of ineligibility for one. But if NY doesn’t require that, isn’t it up to them?
>The feds don’t have any say in that process, do they? Also being a citizen isn’t a prerequisite for getting a license is it?
Not really. The feds have one way to influence individual states transportation laws and that's by withholding federal funds. That's blatantly unconstitutional but they do it anyway.
No, being a citizen isn't, nor has it ever been a prerequisite for getting a drivers license. Legal immigrants have always been able to get one.
The drivers licences and the access to the DMV, which contains matching vehicle registrations and criminal records are part of what DHS uses to validate people for inclusion in certain programs like Global Entry and FAST which provide expedited border entry. If they no longer have access to those databases it seems obvious it would be more difficult to validate people.
If you deliberately disallow another level of government from checking records to see if licenses and vehicle registrations match or any other thing about a person then you are most certainly making their job harder.
That's not how it works. The federal government has no right to the states records. They don't need those records either. Car registration is irrelevant to customs and immigration clearance. Citizenship and criminal records are and those come from other data sources.
MeatsimN64No one is a real libertarian7 months ago
Haha that'll teach our fellow Americans to not support Trump