MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 29: Chad Wolf the acting Secretary of Homeland Security speaks during the Super Bowl LIV Public Safety Press Conference on January 29, 2020 at the Hilton Miami downtown in Miami, FL.

Source:  Daily Wire News

Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf refuted claims made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday after the far-left lawmaker suggested that the Trump administration was using DHS to target New York residents for personal and political gain.

DHS is currently barring New York residents from participating in Global Entry and Trusted Traveler Programs [TTP] because “applicants are supposed to be subjected to checks and those with criminal records would be disqualified from the program, but New York was not letting CBP check DMV databases in order to vet the applicants,” Fox News reported.

In a letter, Wolf wrote, “New York is the only state, that bears repeating, the only state that restricts CBP access to their DMV data across the board, not only for immigration purposes, but for law enforcement purposes, for customs purposes, but also for trade and travel facilitation purposes.”

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to President Donald Trump tweeting, “I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!”

“Trump is publicly admitting that he is holding Global Entry for New Yorkers hostage in exchange for dropping lawsuits against him and his family’s lawbreaking behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed without evidence. “This is corrupt, illegal, and authoritarian. Hope Collins and Murkowski are proud of their vote.”

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