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Debate intensifies over Green Light Law and Trusted Traveler Programs

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Debate intensifies over Green Light Law and Trusted Traveler Programs

MORE HARDSHIP FORPEOPLE WHO USELOCAL BORDERCROSSINGS.NEW YORK HAS NOWOFFICIALLY FILED ALAWSUIT AGAINST THETRUMPADMINISTRATIONOVER THE TRUSTEDTRAVELER BAN.IT'S THE NEW FEDERALPOLICY THATPROHIBITS NEWYORKERS FROMENROLLING OR RE-ENROLLING INTRUSTED TRAVELERPROGRAMS LIKENEXUS.THE LAWSUIT ARGUESTHAT THE POLICYCHANGE IS ARBITRARYAND POSES A THREATTO NEW YORKERS'SAFETY AND THESTATE'S ECONOMY.SEVEN EYEWITNESSNEWS REPORTER EDREILLY HAS MORE ONBOTH SIDES... AS THEDEBATE OVER THESEHOT BUTTON ISSUES...RAMPS UP.IT IS CRUEL POLITICSAND THE GOAL IS TOPUNISH NY AND ITDOES NOT TAKE APOLITICAL SCIENCEPERSON TO FIGURETHAT OUTSEVERAL BUFFALOAND NIAGARA FALLSOFFICIALS AREWORRIED THATPROHIBITING NEWYORKERS FROMENROLLING INTRUSTED TRAVELERPROGRAMS WILL ONLYHURT CROSS-BORDERTOURISM,EMPLOYMENT ANDCOMMERCE.THIS IS NOTHING BUTRETALIATION25% OF PEOPLE WHOCROSS THE PEACEBRIDGE USE NEXUSWITH 60% OFTRUCKERS USINGFAST.THEY ARE GOING TOCREATE LOG JAMS NOTJUST FOR PEOPLE WHOWERE FORMALLYNEXUS HOLDERS, BUTFOR LAW ABIDINGCITIZENS WHO ARETRYING TO TRAVELTHE OFFICIALWONDER WHY NEWYORK IS BEINGTARGETED WHENSEVERAL OTHERSTATES HAVE SIMILIARLAWS ALLOWINGUNDOCUMENTEDIMMIGRANTS TO GET ADRIVERS LICENSE.THIS HAS SIGNIFICANTIMPACT ON MY ABILITYTO MARKET NIAGARAFALLSDURING A SEPARATENEWS CONFERENCEWITH FEDERAL LAWENFORCEMENT .

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.U.SATTORNEY JAMESKENNEDY SAID NEWYORK STATE'S GREENLIGHT LAW IS THEONLY ONE THATPROHIBITS SHARINGDMV INFORMATIONWITH FEDERALCUSTOMS ANDBORDER AGENCIES.THIS FORCES THEOFFICERS WHO ARETHE NATIONSFRONTLINE DEFENSEAGAINST DANGEROUSCRIMINALS TOAPPROACH VEHICLESWITHOUT KNOWINGWHO OWNS IT ANDWITHOUT BEING ABLETO CONFIRM THEIDENTITY OF THEDRIVER OF ITKENNEDY AND THESTATE'S THREE OTHERU.S ATTORNEYSSIGNED A STATEMENTSAYING LACK OFACCESS TO DMVINFORMATIONSHARING IS POSING A"GRAVE SAFETY RISK"AT BORDERCROSSINGS .

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FORAGENTS DOING IN-FIELD SURVEILLANCE ..

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AND EVEN WITHSUSPICIOUS BOATERS.FREQUENTLY WE WILLUSE ELECTRONICMEANS TO TRY ANDVERIFY SOMEBODYBEFORE WE EVEN TALKTO THEMLAW FORCEMENT SAIDTHEY CANNOTDETERMINE IFVEHICLES ARE STOLEN.

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IF WARRANTS AREOUTSTANDING .

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ORIF PEOPLE IN THEVEHICLE ARE PART OFA HUMAN TRAFFICKINGOPERATION.THEY FEEL THEY AREISOLATED OUT THEREWITH NO INFORMATIONED REILLY 7 EWNALRIGHT LET'S TAKEYOU IN DEPTH HERE..BECAUSE THERE IS ALOT TO UNPACK WITHTHIS TRUSTEDTRAVELER BAN.

WHATPEOPLE KEEP ASKINGME IS "WHEN WILL THISPOLITICAL TUG-OF-WAR BE OVER SO ICAN GET MY NEXUSBACK?"AT THIS POINT --THERE'S NO TIMELINEIN SIGHT.

THE STATEATTORNEY GENERAL'SOFFICE HAS NOTASKED A JUDGE FOR ASTAY OR ANINJUNCTION,SEPARATE FROMTHEIR LAWSUIT.

ANDWITHOUT THATINJUNCTION -- THEFEDERALGOVERNMENT'S BANIS IN PLAY.

A U-B LAWPROFESSOR I SPOKEWITH SAYS IT COULDTAKE MONTHS FOR AJUDGE TO RULE ONTHIS LAWSUIT.

THESTATE ATTORNEYGENERAL'S OFFICETELLS ME IT'SLOOKING AT ALL LEGALOPTIONS... BUT IF YOUNEED TO RENEWYOUR NEXUS OR AREAPPLYING TO ATRUSTED TRAVELERPROGRAM -- BASEDON MY CONVERSATIONWITH THE LAWPROFESSOR... DON'THOLD YOUR BREATH.ACCORDING TO THELAWSUIT... ABOUT175-THOUSAND NEWYORKERS CURRENTLYENROLLED INTRUSTED TRAVELERPROGRAMS HAVEMEMBERSHIPS THAT




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