Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump Is Suing California For Blocking The Sale Of Federal Land

Trump Is Suing California For Blocking The Sale Of Federal Land

- Seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities sued the US government Tuesday, saying a plan to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional.

The Trump administration asked a California judge to block a new state law that interferes with the sale of federal land to private developers.

The California legislature concluded, however, that "this bill does not violate the property clause of the U.S. Constitution because it does not actually prohibit the federal government from conveying its property".

The suit is the latest salvo in the legal battle between the state and federal governments over numerous USA initiatives, particularly on immigration and the environment, that clash with California's more liberal policies. The Supremacy Clause makes federal law the law of the land; the Property Clause gives Congress the power to regulate the sale of federal lands. Examples include conveyance of land to Native Americans, a proposed veteran housing project and other military projects.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his own statement saying the "forced to spend our resources to bring these lawsuits against states like California that believe they are above the law". We are confident that we will prevail in this case-because the facts are on our side.

"I regret the need to file yet another lawsuit against the state of California today", Sessions said in a statement. Last month, the Justice Department sued California over its sanctuary city policies for illegal immigrants.

California Gov. Jerry Brown called the move a "belated April Fools' Day trick".

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a member of the Lands Commission says the President is attacking the States way of life. "We will vigorously defend this principle".

New York Attorney General Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the new lawsuit. "We will use every legal and administrative tool to thwart Trump's plans to auction off California's heritage to the highest bidder".

The Trump administration on Monday signaled that it will likely upend California's ability to impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions than the rest of the country. "@FoxNews", Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday.

Since 2017, California has filed 24 lawsuits over 17 different subject areas, according to a study by the Sacramento Bee. In numerous lawsuits, Mr. Becerra argues that California will suffer disproportionate harm if the policies are enacted.

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