The Department of Homeland Security has suspended enrollment in “Global Entry” and other “Trusted Traveler Programs” (TTP) for residents of the state of New York, as punishment for the state’s recent declaration of its “sanctuary state” status, according to Fox News.
The decision was announced by Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf on Tucker Carlson’s primetime program on Fox. Wolf also sent a letter to New York officials explaining that the DHS was leveling these suspensions primarily because the New York DMV is refusing to share criminal records of illegal aliens with ICE and CBP.
As such, the letter says, the sanctuary state law “compromises CBP’s ability to confirm whether an individual applying for TTP membership meets program eligibility requirements.” Among the suspended programs are Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST, all of which are processes that “permit expedited entry into the U.S. from international destinations,” including the neighboring countries of Canada and Mexico.
The move comes after President Donald Trump emphasized his actions against illegal immigration in his widely-praised State of the Union address. He particularly pointed to a recent case where an illegal alien raped and murdered a 92-year-old woman in New York. The alien, Reeaz Khan, overstayed his visa and was initially arrested on assault and possession of a weapon, but was released immediately due to the sanctuary state law. Had it not been for this law, President Trump said, the elderly woman, Maria Fuertes, would still be alive.