NEW YORK – A federal judge has reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security for saying he found false during a New York state travel ban.
The Trump administration excluded New York from the Global Entry and other accelerated border crossing programs earlier this year because of state law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
But last week, the federation backed down and allowed New York to return to the program. DHS officials admitted in court documents that they made false statements in an attempt to lift the ban that New York filed in court for revocation.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman called the allegations “deeply disturbing revelations.”
The Trump administration has said that New York has imposed restrictions, unlike any other state, on immigration authorities access to the Department of Motor Vehicle Accounting. In fact, they later admitted, several other states have the same restrictions, but have never faced attempts to block them from traveling.
Furman said the court “has the power to conduct an independent investigation to determine whether he was a victim of fraud.”
He said that submitted last week by DHS and the Department of Justice did not “as they suggest, completely” fix the protocol “, as it apparently contains only a few examples of inaccurate and misleading statements and does not even intend an exhaustive list.”
The judge demanded that the federal government file a “comprehensive record of any” inaccurate “or” misleading “statements in previous submissions” on August 12.
The report should detail all inaccurate statements, identify who made the statement and who is responsible for its content, summarize what the correct government attorneys did to verify the accuracy of the statements before filing them in court, and explain how officials learned the untruths.
“The person or persons responsible for the content of the report must be prepared to testify as to how it was drawn up if the Court finds it appropriate,” Furman wrote.
Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.