WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House on Thursday in the hope he could persuade President Donald Trump to reverse a decision to boot New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long lines at the U.S. border.
Cuomo’s communications director Dani Lever said Trump said he wants to work on the issue and will follow up with Cuomo next week.
“Governor Cuomo met with President Trump today to discuss the situation and the dire need to rectify it. Governor Cuomo restated the initial solution that he proposed to the DHS Acting Secretary last Thursday on our willingness to allow federal officials access to DMV records only for individuals applying to the Trusted Traveler Program.
“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.”DANI LEVER, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
“As I have personally expressed to many public officials over the past week, including Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, New York must provide complete, unfettered, and real-time DMV data to Customs and Border Protection to keep our fellow New Yorkers and country safe. Not just to review applications in the trusted traveler programs but to ensure our customs and border agents have real-time access to DMV data to successfully and safely complete their mission.
“I am pleased to hear that Governor Cuomo recognizes this as a fact following his meeting with President Trump. As the home of 9/11, we must never forget its lessons. I encourage the administration and Governor Cuomo to continue their dialog to resolve this matter as their public comments have indicated. I stand ready to assist.”REP. TOM REED (R) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE NY’S 23RD