Resource: Lewis-McCoy et al. v. Department of Homeland Security

By: New York Civil Liberties Union

February 10, 2020

The New York Civil Liberties Union challenged the Department of Homeland Security’s retaliatory decision to suspend enrollment and re-enrollment to the Global Entry program, affecting hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who will be shut out of the program.

Millions of New York residents are eligible to apply for Global Entry even if they do not drive or have never applied for a driver’s license. The lawsuit argues that the curtailing of DHS access to New York’s DMV records has little if any effect on the agency’s ability to assess Global Entry applicants.

Plaintiff John Harland Giammatteo wishes to enroll in Global Entry, while plaintiffs R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy and Jamil Dakwar had pending applications for enrollment in the program at the time of the decision from DHS. The three plaintiffs brought the lawsuit to relieve New Yorkers from this onerous, arbitrary decision.