New York, NY—Yesterday, US District Judge Jesse M. Furman issued a decision that the Department of Homeland Security illegally ejected more than 800,000 New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP), which lets vetted travelers avoid long security lines at airports and land borders. In his decision, Judge Furman went on to say that the exclusion of New York from the programs in February was arbitrary and capricious.
In response to Judge Furman’s decision, Murad Awawdeh, Interim Co-Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement.
“Judge Furman’s decision conclusively reveals what we knew all along; Trump’s ejection of New York from the Trusted Traveler Program was simple political retribution. Trump and his cronies attempted to strong-arm New Yorkers into turning against their fellow neighbors, but New Yorkers didn’t fall for it then, and now we have been vindicated. The Greenlight New York law is a proven, common-sense law that helps all of us drive on the road safely. We thank Attorney General James and every other elected official who refused to give in to this White House’s attempts to bully New York.”