Federal judge demands US identify inaccurate and misleading statements made in filings
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A federal judge in New York has ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to disclose all the inaccurate or misleading statements made to the court in defense of a decision to oust New York from expedited border crossing programs.
U.S District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York issued the order Wednesday because of what he described as “deeply troubling revelations” last week about incorrect statements by the DHS officials.
The DHS officials said they wrongly argued that New York was unique in restricting immigration officials’ access to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles records. The DHS had argued that the restrictions endangered national security. But the agency admitted last week that several states have similar restrictions. The New York Times covered the officials’ admission of false statements last week.
Furman is asking the government to list all the inaccurate statements and the officials who supplied the incorrect information. He also wants a report on what steps prosecutors took to verify the information.
The DHS made the disclosure when it informed the court that it has decided to reinstate New York to the expedited travel program, known as Global Entry. Furman was presiding in two lawsuits challenging New York’s ouster filed by the state of New York and the New York Civil Liberties Union.