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

Feb 13, 2020

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.