The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, just announced that the state is suing the Trump administration over the border wall. A wall on America’s southern border was a foundational campaign promise from the president.
Becerra’s lawsuit, which focuses on planned projects in San Diego and Imperial counties, is now the most recent attempt by California’s legislature to emerge as the heart of Trump “resistance.” They are putting out lawsuits against the president’s immigration policies, and they even passed a resolution on Friday that censured Trump for his comments on the violence that happened in Charlottesville, Va.
The California Attorney General charged that Trump’s administration “violated the U.S. Constitution, failed to comply with federal and state environmental laws, and relied on a federal statute that does not authorize the proposed projects.”
Becerra continued in his public statement on Wednesday, “The Trump administration has once again ignored laws it doesn’t like in order to resuscitate a campaign talking point to build a wall on our southern border. President Trump has yet to pivot from candidate Trump to leader of a nation built on the rule of law. That’s dangerous.”
The president issued an executive order in January asking for securing the “southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border, monitored and supported by adequate personnel so as to prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking and acts of terrorism.”
Just last month, the president’s administration awarded contracts to four companies to begin construction. Trump tweeted last week that, “the WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.”
The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, reiterated the president’s wishes, “I don’t think the president has been shy about the fact that he wants a wall,” Sanders said. “It’s certainly something he feels is an important part of a responsible immigration package.”
Becerra is raising the resistance from many angles. Last week he joined state attorney generals from Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine in filing suit against the administration over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He argued that the White House violated the Constitution and federal laws by rescinding the Obama-era program.
And maybe California’s most aggressive move against Trump and his administration is the passing of a sanctuary state measure over the weekend. This is now awaiting approval by Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown. Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, called this measure “unconscionable” on Tuesday.
“The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Sessions said during a speech in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday. “There are lives and livelihoods at stake.”
What do you think about all of these moves California is making to become the heart of Trump “resistance?”
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