NEW JERSEY — Maryland and New York have been cracking down on players from those states whose visas were revoked by President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean the NFL has had a easy time finding its way home.
The two states have been in the middle of a massive effort to try and bring back players, who have been barred from returning to the U.S. since Trump banned travel to the Middle East, Africa and Canada.
New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie said Tuesday that the state would start releasing all players who were denied visas, even those who did come to the state, as early as Wednesday.
“We will start to do that tomorrow morning,” Christie said.
The governor also said that his state would send players to the NFL-mandated camp at Camping World Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
New Jersey was the only state that refused to grant the visas to players, and many other states have followed suit.
But Christie, a former New Jersey governor, said the two states were “not a great fit” because they both have large populations of people with medical conditions and are in the business of making money.
Trump, who has been accused of racially abusing people and then trying to cover it up, has said he was trying to find players with medical problems who might be willing to come back to the country to compete.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, a Republican, said in an interview with CBS that New Jersey would send all players to play in the NFL, regardless of their status in the states.
“I don’t think you have any players who are from New Jersey who would want to come to play the game here,” Cuomo said.
New Jersey has the third-highest percentage of NFL players in the country after Florida and Texas.
They also have been the most affected by the ban.
In New Jersey, only 6.6 percent of NFL athletes were granted a waiver in 2015, compared to 15.6 in Texas and 21.4 in Florida, according to data from the NFL Players Association.
The New York Jets have been trying to get players back to play this season.
They’ve asked their players to sign a form agreeing to return to the team if they could prove they would not return to play if they returned to New Jersey.
Christie said he’s hoping to see that number go up in the next few weeks.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft also has been lobbying the teams for a waiver, which would let players who came to New York for medical treatment from abroad play.
On Tuesday, the NFL issued a statement saying that it would work with the New York City Council to ensure players who had visas revoked could be reinstated.
The league said it has contacted the city of New York to provide the waivers needed for players to return.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said Tuesday in an appearance on “CBS This Morning” that he was “deeply disappointed” that the players’ requests for waivers were not given priority.
New Yorkers are also concerned about the effects on the city’s economy and safety, he said.
De Blasio said that he would have been happy to have played the Patriots this season if it had not been for Trump.
The NFL said in a statement that it was disappointed in New York’s response to its request.
The NFL also said it was working closely with the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the state Attorney General’s Office and the U-Haul company to review the requests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.