In December New York State law began allowing undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses and stopped sharing applicant information with immigration enforcement agencies.
In early February the Trump Administration announced that because of this law, New York residents would no longer be allowed to enroll in or renew Global Entry (along with NEXUS and SENTRI). They claimed they needed access to New York’s DMV database as part of their identity verification process.
It was a political stunt,
- other states with similar laws weren’t similarly targeted
- the policy change was announced on Fox News and officials charged with implementing it weren’t awaree
- the federal government continued to verify identity for other programs without access to the New York DMV database
A lawsuit followed, but now it’s moot. DHS will again give New Yorkers access to Global Entry now that the state has amended its law to allow access to DMV records “for an individual seeking acceptance into a trusted traveler program, or tofacilitate vehicle imports and/or exports.”
New York, however, does not allow DMV information sharing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement for other purposes, and has criminal penalties for anyone sharing such information with these agencies except as expressly permitted. It’s not clear the extent to which those are enforceable.
Since the federal government flushed Global Entry applications from New Yorkers I imagine anyone who had a pending application when the ban was instituted will have to resubmit.