NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it would no longer let New York residents enroll in its “trusted traveler” programs because of a new state law that blocked federal immigration officials from accessing motor vehicle records.
The law went into effect in December and allowed people without legal permission to be in the United States to apply for driver’s licenses.
Chad Wolf, acting head of the Homeland Security Department, called New York’s new law “disappointing” during a Fox News interview late Wednesday night.
Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli says tens of thousands of New Yorkers will be inconvenienced by the action.
DHS officials say the New York law endangers national security by preventing federal agents from getting access to motor vehicle and criminal records in the state.
A senior adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said the move by DHS was politically motivated.
The move came a day after President Donald Trump slammed New York for being a sanctuary city in his State of the Union address.