The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is closing the Global Entry program as well as other Trusted Traveler Programs in New York State in response to New York declaring itself as a sanctuary city with the “Green Light Law.”
New York residents will no longer be eligible to enroll or re-enroll in Trusted Traveler Programs based on this.
According to WABC, “The DHS sent a letter to New York on Wednesday and the move is the Trump administration’s response to New York’s sanctuary law.
DHS suspends Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Programs for New York residents in response to sanctuary law
The sweeping order came a day after President Trump, in his State of the Union address, condemned left-wing states and local governments that “release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public,” and called on Congress to pass a law establishing civil liability for sanctuary cities.
In a letter to top New York state officials obtained exclusively by Fox News, Wolf noted that the New York law prohibited state DMVs from sharing criminal records with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
WHAT IS GLOBAL ENTRY?
Global Entry is a program of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service that allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to receive expedited clearance through automatic kiosks at select airports upon arrival into the United States.
If you’ve ever returned from an international trip and wondered what the special kiosks (photo above) were for, chances are that you were looking at Global Entry kiosks.
You may have thought that it was for special elite status members or perhaps government officals.
In reality, it’s relatively easy to join and comes with a number of benefits.
As a pre-screened Global Entry member, when you arrive in the United States, you check-in at the Global Entry kiosk and you’re on your way.
- No processing lines
- No paperwork
- Access to expedited entry benefits in other countries
- Available at major U.S. airports
- Reduced wait times
- TSA Pre✓® Eligibility
You can read more about the program HERE.
I have Global Entry and it is AMAZING! In fact, I was planning to write a blog about it this week because I just used it (and have been using it for years).
A few days ago, I arrived in Atlanta from an international trip and it took me less than 5 minutes to walk from the plane, go through security, and arrive curbside because of Global Entry.
Given the length of the security line at customs in ATL, I would be surprised if other passengers on my plane were able to arrive curbside in less than an hour.
Global entry comes as a benefit of most major credit cards and once you are approved, it is good for 4-5 years.
I will still write a blog about it in the coming day (or so) but stay tuned as this story progresses.
What do you make of this situation? (Foul language will not be accepted in the comments section. We’re all adults, use your words.)
It definitely sucks that THE WHOLE STATE is cut off, but since background checks are apart of the process of getting approved it’s not fair (or safe) for records to be hidden from this process. That’s super tough, I wonder how New York will respond (if at all).
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Interestingly, people are waiting months to be approved for GE nationwide without any complications. But this could set a marker for a slippery slope so I wonder how long it will last too.
This is nonsense and strictly retaliatory, you are not required to use a drivers license to apply for GE, it’s tied to your passport, and most likely someone who is trying to stay incognito will not be applying to GE to be subjected to fingerprints and scrutiny by a customs officer. I live in NYC, I just applied for renewal a couple of weeks ago and the message was they would extend the use of GE for another year due to a high volume of applications, mine expires in September. I’m so annoyed.
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I believe you may be in the majority. I’ve received quite a few messages about frustrations with GE.