New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state’s intent to sue the federal government over its decision to ban New Yorkers from applying and reapplying to Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs. According to a statement from the governor’s office, the lawsuit will argue that the decision is a violation of New York’s sovereign immunity, denies state residences equal protection and is arbitrary and capricious.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program is yet another example of this administration’s disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-partisan politics and use of extortion,” Governor Cuomo said in a written statement. “There is no rational basis for this politically motivated ban, and we are taking legal action to stop the federal government from inconveniencing New Yorkers to score political points.”
In a statement posted to Twitter, acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said that he called Governor Cuomo shortly after the lawsuit was announced denied that the action was retaliatory.