California attorney general to sue Trump administration over border wall

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The State of California, which has fiercely opposed President Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, is expected to file a lawsuit Wednesday to try to stop the project.

California’s Democratic attorney general, Xavier Becerra, will reportedly be announcing the lawsuit sometime on Wednesday. He is traveling to Border Field State Park near San Diego, where he will make the announcement.

In an ABC interview in April, Becerra slammed President Trump over the wall, stating, “I think American taxpayers probably are very much aligned with Mexico. None of them, whether it’s Mexico or our taxpayers, wants to pay for a medieval wall.”

Border wall projects in San Diego and Imperial counties are currently the targets of the lawsuit, which will allege that the Trump administration has failed to comply with state and federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

The federal government “lacks proper environmental analysis of the impact of the 400-foot prototypes of the wall currently planned, as well as the 2,000-mile-long final wall,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit also complains that the wall would have a “chilling effect” on tourism from Mexico to the United States.

California Democrats also tried another route to stop the wall recently, with a bill that would ban the state from contracting with any company who helps build the wall. That bill passed the state Senate but has recently stalled in an Assembly committee.

Becerra has filed over two dozen lawsuits and legal complaints against the Trump administration, including suits against Trump’s plans to end DACA, the travel ban, and a rollback of environmental laws, the LA Times reported.

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