Berardi: Cuomo/Trump Fight Likely to End up in Court

Immigration attorney says battle over Green Light Law likely won't be resolved in talks

Tom Puckett
February 14, 2020 - 4:00 am
Andrew Cuomo and Donald Trump

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - It was a rare moment Thursday when both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump had no public comments following a much-anticipated meeting at the White House Thursday.  Trump and Cuomo met on the Green Light Law and the expulsion of New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs and the session was considered promising by Homeland Security's acting secretary, but one local immigration attorney isn't so sure the matter will soon be resolved.

The Trump administration said that cutoff from state records threatened public safety, and responded by blocking New Yorkers from enrolling in Global Entry and other “trusted traveler” programs. New York then sued over its expulsion.

Immigration attorney Rosanna Berardi says she was cautiously optimistic going into the meeting. "Governor Cuomo stated he may be willing to allow the federal government to access DMV data strictly for trusted traveler program," says Berardi. "While the meeting was called productive, there was no announcement restoring those programs, disappointing New Yorkers. People were hoping for a quick and just compromise but I think there will be litigation." Berardi says the federal government wants full access to DMV databases.

Berardi says hold off on applying for NEXUS or other programs "I would not submit any application because Customs and Border Protection are not processing them. I think we're going to have to wait a couple of weeks to see how things shake out," advises Berardi. She notes many New Yorkers are frustrated, especially those who were scheduled for interviews that are now canceled.

Berardi doesn't think either side will budge, and a court date will be next. "I don't think these meetings are going to result in much, and it's going to have to be decided in litigation," says Berardi.

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