California To File Lawsuit Over Donald Trump Border Wall

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2017

California sues to stop construction of Trump's...

The State of California has added its voice to the proposed U.S. -Mexico border wall construction, filing suit yesterday against the Department of Homeland Security and its Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, the Customs and Border Protection agency and its acting commissioner, Kevin McAleenan.

The suit also claims violation of the Fifth Amendment's due process clause due to a lack of notice about project plans, and violation of separation of powers principles through a reassignment of powers to the executive branch. The latter states its aims as protecting the residents, economic interests, natural resources, sovereignty from violations, and procedural rights from violations of the United States Constitution.

Similar to complaints filed by the Biological Diversity and Sierra Club opposing the administration's plans for a cross-country wall to be constructed between the USA and Mexico, California's lawsuit takes issue with the administration's failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).

Last month the Trump administration said it had selected four construction companies to build concrete prototypes for a wall, which will be will be 30 feet (9 meters) tall and about 30 feet wide and will be tested in San Diego.

President Trump has yet to pivot from candidate Trump to a leader of a nation built on the rule of law.

It mentions that on January 25, 2017, Trump issued an executive order directing the DHS to "allocate all sources of federal funds for the planning, designing and construction of a physical wall along the southern border". Attorney General Becerra has described the scheme as medieval.

"That's why California, while only one of 50 states, has become the sixth-largest economy in the world".

"No one gets to ignore the laws". "Not even the president of the U.S". It is apparent that the wall will inhibit tourism to the United States from its southern neighbor Mexico.

However, his opponents say building a wall is xenophobic and racist. "The border between the US and Mexico spans some 2,000 miles".

The lawsuit includes as plaintiff the California Coastal Commission. Many Californian cities have passed bills to prohibit contractors involved in the border wall project from obtaining any state contracts.

Democrats in the US Congress, however, firmly oppose the border wall, and at least some Democratic senators would need to vote for its inclusion in a spending package. He also said that the U.S. government has authority of that border and the leadership to procure it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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