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Statement from Congressman Brian Higgins

Feb 6, 2020
Press Release
On Trump Administration Policy Excluding All New Yorkers from New Enrollment in Trusted Traveler Program

“White House actions against New York and Western New York trusted travelers are punitive and unacceptable. We are already receiving calls from Western New York residents in the final stages of trusted traveler enrollment who are being turned away today, and others confused as a result of this hasty, heavy handed and ill-conceived decision.

“Over 16.8 million truck and passenger vehicle crossings occurred on New York bridges in 2018, including more than 11.79 million right here on Western New York’s four northern border bridges. This policy deals a devastating blow to the New York and United States economy, threatens the future viability of Western New York’s commerce, auto manufacturing, health care and cultural economies that are highly dependent of predictable and efficient access to and from Southern Ontario. Make no mistake, the White House actions will directly and indirectly hurt all of us.

“There is no reason why law-abiding Americans and northern border commerce should be collateral damage in this policy dispute.  We are calling on the State and Federal governments to negotiate in good faith to allow for a return to reliable border operations.”