The clash between New York and the Trump administration over the state's "Green Light" law appears to be heading to federal court.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) says his state will file a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's plan to block New Yorkers from enrolling in "trusted traveler" programs. Federal officials say the step was taken because of the new state law barring immigration agents from getting access to state motor vehicle records. The Green Light law allows residents to apply for drivers licenses without having to prove they are in the country legally.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), says New York's law shields dangerous criminals and even terrorists from the Department of Homeland Security's detection.
"So New York, which was ground zero for the attacks at 9/11, is basically making itself and its citizens even more vulnerable than they were back in 2001," Mehlman submits. "It is absurd. It is the work of a radical legislature that New Yorkers elected."
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), says the New York law violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
"This is a battle we need to have in federal court," she tells OneNewsNow. "I would like to think that this would make its way to the Supreme Court, which would affirm the principle that the federal government is supreme and that states cannot pass laws, particularly on immigration, that interfere with the federal government."
Vaughan believes it is time for the Supreme Court to "slap down all these nonsensical challenges to that in all these state sanctuary laws."