US Sues California Over Law Interfering With Federal Land Sale

Elias Hubbard
April 3, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown accused the Trump administration last month of declaring war on the most populous US state after the Justice Department sued over the California immigration laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

California enacted the law amid conservationists' concerns that the Trump administration would sell federal lands for drilling, mining and other uses.

"I regret the need to file yet another lawsuit against the state of California today", Sessions said in a statement.

The department on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court in California, seeking an injunction against the enforcement of a recently passed state law that effectively blocks the sale or transfer of federal lands in the country's third-largest state by area.

The federal government controls 45 million acres in California, more than 45 percent of the state's total acreage.

If the California State Lands Commission waives its right of first refusal, it issues a compliance certificate.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office is prepared to protect the state's resources.

"We blaze trails, we innovate and we engage in smart stewardship of our precious public lands".

"#California's lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder", Becerra tweeted.

The Democratic measure passed both statehouses on a mostly party-line vote and was signed by Gov.

Sessions also complained about a California lawsuit that challenges the federal government's recent decision to add back a question about citizenship to the census questionnaire.

Sessions said he is confident the federal government will prevail in the latest lawsuit against the Golden State. The state has sued the government over its immigration policies, and local politicians have put aside money to aid undocumented immigrants.

The Justice Department argues SB 50 violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states federal law "shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby".

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