New York Governor Caves to DHS On Access to Immigration Records

It’s amazing what a little backbone and strong-arming can do.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many state officials around the country who have thumbed their noses at the federal government by failing to work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on immigration issues.  The state of New York went so far as to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and to shield immigration information in their license database from federal officials.

The DHS responded by suspending all New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs that allow people to move quickly through customs and border checks.

Cuomo cried foul, but appears to be giving in.

Speaking on a New York radio program, Cuomo signaled he would allow federal immigration authorities to have limited access to a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database by granting access to the records of residents who use trusted traveler programs.

Cuomo said:

“These are people who go for an in-person federal interview with all sorts of background information.”

Which sounds a lot like, “Those grapes were probably sour anyway.”

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