NY and Washington both allow undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses, and NY now forbids DHS agencies like Customs and Border Protection and ICE from accessing its licensing records.
The governor and the president are expected to sit down together at the White House at 3 pm to discuss the Trump administration's ban on New Yorkers from taking party in the Trusted Traveler Program - that speeds up the process for citizens returning to the U.S. from overseas.
Cuomo compared DHS leaders to "arsonists" who knock on the door, "saying I'll burn down the house if you don't give me entry". Cuomo said he believes Trump simply wants access to records on those people, so federal immigration officials can have a "feeding frenzy".
A White House official confirmed the planned meeting to Fox News.
"You apply for this and you do an in-person interview with the federal government and you provide them all your documentation", he said. He said that New York City residents understand the importance of ensuring people have proper identification when they enter the country in light of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the city. Cuomo said there is no reason for the federal government to ask for driver's licenses from TTP applicants because they already go through strict screening before obtaining their accelerated travel credentials.
Roughly 200,000 New Yorkers are affected by the halt on applications, according to DHS, including 30,000 commercial truck operators who travel to Canada and Mexico.
This comes a day after New York Attorney General Letitia James sued DHS for the ban, claiming that it was "political retribution" for the Green Light Law.
Leading up to his meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday afternoon, President Trump urged him to end the lawsuits against his administration and added a dig at the end about "Fredo".
"Until then, we have a duty and responsibility to defend the Constitution and the rule of law", she wrote.