In early February, the Trump administration announced they intended to ban New York residents from enrolling in “trusted traveler” programs, including Global Entry, as a result of a dispute with New York State over New York City’s recently enacted “Green Light Law,” which took effect in December. The decision, which immediately affects approximately 80,000 people who were in the process of applying for the programs, would also affect nearly 175,000 New Yorkers whose memberships are set to expire this year.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state of New York intends to file a lawsuit to oppose this action. “We’re going to sue the federal government; we’re going to disclose this political intrusion into government, this ham-handed political tactic that once again hurts New Yorkers to make their political point,” said the Governor.
Our JetBlue IFCs know how important Global Entry is, especially when working and commuting, to the quality of their work lives, and our Members should not be pawns in a political game. The Governor’s office has requested the assistance of the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) in bringing this lawsuit to correct this injustice.
If you are in the process of applying for Global Entry or if your Global Entry membership is due to expire this year, and you believe you have been impacted by the administration’s actions to ban New Yorkers from having access to Global Entry, please contact TWU’s Special Projects Coordinator, Angelo Cucuzza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This suit is being brought on a pro bono basis, and there will be no cost to you to be a party to the lawsuit; however, your assistance will be invaluable to your fellow crewmembers and all New Yorkers.