New York residents are prohibited from enrolling in certain programs designed to speed up passing the boarder with shipments including reducing boarder inspection.
The new restrictions came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in response to New York’s “Green Light Law,” which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license,
New York officials were informed that New York residents are now prohibited from enrolling in certain Trusted Traveler programs, including FAST (Free and Secure Trade). It is believed that this action may adversely affect commercial drivers who face increased inspections as well as more longer times for border passing.
The Green Light law was passed in June of 2019 and allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. The law also prevents the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles from sharing certain information with federal agencies that enforce immigration laws.
Now commercial drivers that are either trying to enroll or re-enroll in the FAST program will be prevented from doing so.
Additionally acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said in a letter Feb. 5 to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles officials that state residents will not be able to enroll, or re-enroll, in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), NEXUS and Global Entry programs, all designed to make boarder passing easier and faster.