New York threatens to sue Trump administration over access to traveller programs

REUTERS: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday threatened to sue the Trump administration over its decision to restrict New Yorkers' access to some programs that allow faster security checks at ports of entry, part of a dispute about the state's limits on cooperation with current U.S. immigration policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican who was born and raised in New York, has criticized the Democratic-run state and other states and cities his administration deems "sanctuary jurisdictions" because of their policies limiting information sharing between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

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Cuomo, speaking at a news conference in New York, depicted the move against his state as "political extortion."

"It's an abuse of power. It is extortion. And it's exactly what you did at Ukraine," Cuomo said in a reference to an impeachment charge that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. "You didn't learn the lesson."

Cuomo did not say when any lawsuit would be filed.

The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Trump was acquitted of two impeachment charges on Wednesday in a vote that fell largely along party lines.

He has made tougher U.S. policies on both illegal and legal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Thursday that it would bar New York residents from both new passes and renewals of a program known as GlobalRead More – Source