Gov. Cuomo says he's willing to grant feds DMV access on 'limited basis'

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Updated: February 13, 2020 09:57 PM
Created: February 13, 2020 04:41 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — Gov. Cuomo and President Trump met on Thursday to discuss provisions in New York's Green Light Law, which allows undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses and bars federal immigration agents from accessing state DMV records.

The two met at the White House Thursday afternoon.


Cuomo hoped to persuade the president to reverse a decision to ban New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs.

Prior to the meeting, President Trump tweeted Gov. Cuomo must understand national security far exceeds politics.

Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf released the following statement on the meeting:

"Today, I joined President Trump and Governor Cuomo for a productive meeting. The relationship between New York and the Federal government is very important but has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York regarding the sharing of critical security information with DHS. New York is the only state which restricts CBP access to their data across the board — for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes. Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution."

Thursday afternoon, Cuomo said he's willing to restore federal access to driving records on a limited basis.

Thursday night, he tweeted that the state will give the feds DMV access for New Yorkers applying for trusted traveler programs.

Cuomo said President Trump is willing to work with New York, and the conversation will continue next week.

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