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Fed official: NY law limiting DMV data access goes too far

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The nation's top immigration enforcement official says that New York's new law allowing people who are in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses goes far beyond other states' measures in restricting his agency's access to motor vehicle records.

In response to that law, the Department of Homeland Security blocked New York state residents from enrolling or re-enrolling in Global Entry and other "trusted traveler" programs.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence said Thursday the new law's restrictions could hinder his officers from assisting in ongoing criminal investigations and running license plate searches.

A spokesman for the state's attorney general says the law ensures law enforcement has access to the information it needs.

Associated Press

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