NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is suspending enrollment in Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs for all New York State residents.
The move comes in response to the state's newly enacted Green Light Law.
The Green Light Law, which went into effect in December, allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license in New York State.
Additionally, the DMV can no longer ask immigrants about their legal status or share information with an immigration enforcement agency without a warrant.
The DHS sent a letter to the state about the suspension of enrollment on Wednesday.
Appearing on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday night acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf talked about the importance of the DMV being able to share their immigrant information.
"ICE uses that as they build cases and they're investigating criminal networks. They're using that personal data that they get from that database to look up an individual's date of birth, their photo, and they're using that as they build that case. They can no longer do that because of what New York did. CVP also uses that for national security purposes, also for customs reasons but also for trade and travel," Wolf said.
Wolf adds that Trusted Traveler programs like global entry use DMV data to make sure individuals are low risk and meet the eligibility requirements.
The move comes a day after President Donald Trump slammed New York for being a sanctuary city during his State of the Union address.
In a statement, a senior advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "This is obviously political retaliation by the federal government and we're going to review our legal options."