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California Sues Trump To Stop Border Wall

One state has had quite enough of Trump's border wall plans.

The wall President Trump wants to build along the country’s southern border would violate federal environmental regulations, California officials claimed in a lawsuit they filed Wednesday.

“No one gets to ignore the laws, not even the president of the United States,” state Attorney General Xavier Becerra declared. “The border between the U.S. and Mexico spans some 2,000 miles. The list of laws violated by the president’s administration in order to build his campaign wall is almost as long.” The construction project would require waiving 37 U.S. laws, most of which are based on environmental concerns, according to Becerra.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the attorney general announced the lawsuit at a press conference on the border outside San Diego. The California Coastal Commission also is a plaintiff in the legal action. Becerra said the suit is designed “to protect the state of California’s residents, natural resources, economic interests, procedural rights and sovereignty from violations of the United States Constitution.”

Federal authorities have failed to provide evidence that additional fencing between California and Mexico would slow the northward flow of undocumented immigrants, according to the suit. The document states that illegal immigration is not a major issue on that part of the border, and predicts that the wall would deter Mexican tourists who spend money in the United States.

The Times noted that last month, the Homeland Security Department revealed it was waiving federal and state environmental statutes to allow the wall project to begin. The lawsuit charges that the action violated the separations-of-powers requirement in the U.S. Constitution “by vesting in the executive branch the power to waive state and local laws.” The plaintiffs allege that Homeland Security officials intend to erect the border barrier even if it does not meet standards under the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

There has not been sufficient scrutiny of the wall’s possible negative effects on the environment, according to the suit. Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton, when asked for a response, explained: “As a matter of policy, we do not comment on pending litigation.”

At the press conference, State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a Democrat who represents a portion of San Diego, told reporters: “Maybe to people in Iowa, (the wall) sounds like a really good idea. We don’t need more structure. We need a good relationship (with Mexico).”

Variety reported that earlier this month, Becerra sued the Trump administration for planning to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which has blocked the deportation of nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors. No state is home to more of the so-called “Dreamers” than California, which has more than 200,000 such immigrants. That is more than one-fourth of the national total.

Becerra joined several other state attorneys general in signing a letter to Trump in July. They called on the president to preserve DACA. Becerra pointed out that “for many, the United States is the only country they have ever known.”

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