California files a federal lawsuit to block Trump’s wall along the Mexico border [text of complaint]

Yesterday California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [text of complaint][press release] on behalf of the state that will challenge President Trump’s proposal to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit, which includes the California Coastal Commission as a plaintiff, states its purpose:

The People bring this action to protect the State of California’s residents, natural resources, economic interests, procedural rights, and sovereignty from violations of the United States Constitution, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act occurring as a result of the actions of the United States of America, the United States Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), former DHS Secretary John Kelly in his official capacity, Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke in her official capacity, the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), and Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan in his official capacity (together Defendants”), with respect to the planning and construction of a border wall and related border barrier projects along the southern border of the United States, including sigificant projects (“Border Wall” or “Border Wall Projects”).

For background, see Patrick McGreevy and Jazmine Ulloa, California to sue Trump administration over plan for U.S.-Mexico border wall, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 20, 2017. — Joe

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