“I’m calling their bluff,” Andrew Cuomo instructed WAMC this early morning, but who’s blinking very first? Normally it’s the one particular in search of the negotiation, and the New York governor experienced to request the conference right after the Section of Homeland Stability minimize off the state’s inhabitants from its dependable traveler packages. DHS argued that a new legislation barring obtain to the state’s DMV documents manufactured it unattainable to verify eligibility for New York inhabitants, together with their choice to problem licenses and IDs to people now illegally in the US.
CBS Information reports that Cuomo stays defiant, saying that he will “never give them access” apart from on a situation-by-situation foundation:
Politico heard one thing a minor different in the total interview. It sounded a lot more like a Monty Hall play than a defiant thumb-nosing:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump strategy to meet Thursday to talk about the federal government’s new ban on New Yorkers enrolling in expedited border crossing systems, and Cuomo suggests he’s eager to negotiate.
“I’m heading to satisfy with the president tomorrow,” Cuomo said Wednesday on Long Island News Radio. “He available a assembly, the earliest availability was tomorrow, and I took him up on it.” …
“I’ll give you what I want — you want obtain to our databases, our DMV databases for trusted travelers? You can have it,” he mentioned in the radio interview.
Cuomo is not proposing “unfettered access,” his place of work clarified later — he would simply enable DHS attain the data for people today making use of for the dependable traveler plans. That is a subset of individuals that presumably contains no undocumented immigrants, those people the data sharing limits ended up built to safeguard.
The difference amongst the two usually takes is probably (whilst coincidentally) the difference in the way Cuomo will technique this. He’ll speak rough in public to bolster his name as a rough opponent of Trump, and then test to sweet-speak Trump in private to get a concession on this situation. Irrespective of how he offers this, Cuomo is familiar with that New Yorkers who get locked out of these applications will get angrier each and every time they travel with out the conveniences they afford to pay for. They may well get mad at Trump they’ll definitely blame Cuomo and New York Democrats for provoking the struggle just to pander on unlawful immigration.
Which is not Cuomo’s major challenge listed here, even though. What leverage does he even have in these negotiations? If he thinks Trump has some incentive to compromise, Cuomo’s basically investing much too a lot time in the bubble. Trump missing New York by 23 factors in 2016 so what if he loses it by 30 this calendar year? He’s not going to pull Cuomo’s chestnuts out of the fireplace just to get rid of by 18 as a substitute of 23.
Trump is placing these insurance policies into position to change political expenditures in the other direction, which is exactly the cause Cuomo’s inquiring for a assembly. States and metropolitan areas have adopted sanctuary-metropolis insurance policies with simplicity to pander to their progressive voters in large element simply because the federal authorities hasn’t imposed any effects for their options. The only way to curtail that is to get started imposing those people consequences, and to adhere to them.
So what will these negotiations seem like? Probably a lot like this. Hope Cuomo delivers the license price alongside with him. (NSFW – Language warning)