WASHINGTON — A judge ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to list “any and all inaccurate or misleading statements” the agency made as it attempted to justify banning New Yorkers from federal Trusted Travelers programs.
The order comes after DHS admitted in court last week that it used false information as its rationale for excluding New York residents and agreed to allow New Yorkers back into those programs.
Judge Jesse M. Furman noted that the court may conduct an independent investigation to determine whether it has been the victim of fraud.
DHS had claimed in court no other state restricted access to its individual Department of Motor Vehicles records to the extent that New York did after passing its Green Light Law, which makes drivers licenses available to undocumented immigrants.
But in a filing last week, DHS revealed that many other states imposed similar restrictions on that data.
Furman ordered the federal agency to explain how each of its false statements was inaccurate; who was responsible for this information; and when its lawyers knew about it.
The plaintiffs who challenged DHS’s ban, New York Attorney General Letitia James and the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a class of New …read more
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