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ASTA Speaks Out Against New York Trusted Traveler Suspension

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The American Modern society of Journey Advisors (ASTA) has spoken out against the the latest conclusion by the U.S. Division of Homeland Security (DHS) to bar New Yorkers from enrolling in sure Trusted Traveler courses, this kind of as World-wide Entry. 

“We strongly oppose this evaluate on behalf of the 8,700 New Yorkers who perform at vacation organizations in the point out, their purchasers and companions,” claimed ASTA President and CEO Zane Kerby in a prepared assertion. “The Administration could have utilised a scalpel right here, but chose a sledgehammer instead. Penalizing every single New Yorker enrolled or who ideas to enroll in useful Trusted Traveler Systems like World-wide Entry around a dispute among the federal and point out govt is wrong. Now, additional than ever, the govt should be seeking for means to facilitate vacation, not hinder it.”

“Further, this ‘fix’ is nonsensical. Those in the World-wide Entry plan have now generated a legitimate passport (proving citizenship in the U.S. or other collaborating international locations), have submitted fingerprints and handed a track record check in buy to qualify. Denying them the skill to renew because the New York DMV is not sharing information and facts with the Division of Homeland Security concerning undocumented immigrants tends to make no sense.”

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“We connect with on the Administration to reverse this conclusion and connect with on our New York customers to speak to their elected officials. We will be giving our customers the applications to do so in the coming times.”

ASTA’s assertion echoes an previously reaction by the U.S. Journey Association. 

“Journey should not be politicized,” claimed U.S. Journey Association Government Vice President for Public Affairs and Coverage Tori Emerson Barnes. “Trusted traveler courses increase our national stability because they present higher certainty concerning a person’s identification, citizenship, and prison track record. Suspending enrollment in World-wide Entry and other dependable traveler courses only undermines vacation stability and effectiveness. We are in speak to with the Division of Homeland Security to convey this concept.”

The DHS conclusion, which was outlined in a letter to New York State officials late Wednesday, bars New Yorkers from “applying or re-applying” for four Trusted Traveler courses: World-wide Entry, SENTRI, NEXUS and Quick. The letter did not mention TSA Precheck. 

This write-up initially appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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