Trump And California Escalate Legal Battles, Twitter War

Trump And California Escalate Legal Battles, Twitter War

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

The federal government filed a lawsuit today challenging the law.

In its complaint, the Justice Department contends that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's so-called Supremacy Clause and Property Clause. The Supreme Clause puts federal law ahead of state law when there is a conflict and the Property Clause gives Congress the power to sell or transfer federal land. "California was admitted to the Union upon the express condition that it would never interfere with the disposal of federal land", he wrote. Examples include conveyance of land to Native Americans, a proposed veteran housing project and other military projects.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY. We are confident that we will prevail in this case-because the facts are on our side. The state has sparred with the federal government in and out of court over a wide range of immigration and environmental policies, most recently over vehicle emissions standards and offshore drilling.

California state Sen. Ben Allen, who authored the legislation, told The Washington Post the law was "very carefully crafted" and meant to ensure the state would have the chance to intervene if the federal government sought to sell land worthy of conservation.

"Government-by-litigation isn't what the American people voted for and attempting to thwart an administration's elected agenda through endless, meritless lawsuits is a risky precedent", Sessions said.

"#California's public lands should not be on the auction block to the highest bidder!"

This is the latest in a series of battles between President Trump and California. "We're prepared, as always, to do what it takes to protect our people, our resources, and our values".

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also serves on the state's lands commission and is running for governor, said the Justice Department's legal action against the state amounted to an "attack" on California and challenges "our very way of life".

Xavier Becerra, California's attorney general, vowed to fight the lawsuit.

The move escalates the war between California and the Trump administration.

Mr. Trump also blasted Mr.

The lawsuit said adding the citizenship demand to the 2020 census questionnaire was an arbitrary decision that will "fatally undermine the accuracy of the population count".

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