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Cuomo To Share DMV Data To Get New York Back Into Trusted Traveler Program

Ted S. Warren
Travelers authorized to use the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck expedited security line at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle in 2016.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump Thursday to offer a compromise that would keep the state in trusted traveler programs.  

Cuomo says he will share with federal immigration officials certain driving records that are collected under a law that allows undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. 

Some lawmakers are breathing a sigh of relief. Democratic Assemblyman Robin Schimminger says many state residents rely on the expedited travel programs to move between the U.S. and Canada every day.  

“So I’m happy to hear that the Governor has relented from his adamant position that the feds could not look into the DMV data. A prudent look would be very helpful to ensuring the continuation to these very valuable programs.”

The law that gives undocumented people driver’s licenses went into effect in December.  It provoked contention among lawmakers. All six Democratic State Senators from Long Island voted against the bill.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.
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