Governor Cuomo: ‘I will never allow use of the DMV database for immigration actions’

ABC50 NOW

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses the media in New York. New York’s Democratic governor wants neighboring states to work together on recreational marijuana policies that also address vaping products. Gov. Cuomo is set to travel to Connecticut Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, to meet with the state’s Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WWTI) – Governor Cuomo made his position clear regarding the Trump administration’s demand to turn over the DMV database for ICE and Customs and Border Protection.

“In response to the acting ICE director’s statements, I want to again make my position clear: I have said from Day 1 we will never allow the DMV database to be used for immigration purposes. The Trump administration has been increasing their threats to hold New Yorkers hostage to their demand to turn over the DMV database for ICE and Customs and Border Protection to use to aid their deportation of innocent law abiding undocumented families,” Cuomo said.

“Every situation they have raised I have answered. We can provide trusted travel information. We can provide the automobile export industry information. What they really want and what we can’t provide is use of the DMV data for immigration purposes. Period. Their extortion and bullying will not work in New York,” he added.

“In addition, as many national, state and local law enforcement agencies currently have access to our DMV database and the potential for surreptitious access to the database is very real, I am exploring alternatives to minimize the harm caused by unauthorized use of our database such as removal of social security numbers – which could be used to evidence undocumented status – and increasing the penalty for unauthorized use of the DMV database,” Cuomo said.

He continued to say, “The Trump administration’s increasing attempts to extort New York State compliance by inconveniencing law abiding citizens will not be effective. I will never allow use of the DMV database for immigration actions.”

LATEST STORIES:

Stay up-to-date by liking ABC50 on Facebook.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.