5 (more) times California fought Trump on immigration — and what happened

Kim Bojórquez, The Sacramento Bee on

Published in Political News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California had two big victories this month with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the state's sanctuary laws and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

From the 2020 Census citizenship question controversy to the Mexico border wall funding, here are five (more) times the state has challenged the Trump administration on immigration since 2016 and where the litigation stands now.


Another victory occurred Friday when a federal appeals court in California ruled President Donald Trump's diversion of $2.5 billion from military construction projects to fund the Mexico border wall "unlawful."

"We proved in court that no one, including the president, is above the law," Attorney General Xavier Becerra told The Sacramento Bee.

By a 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, sided with a coalition of states, including California, and environmental groups that using military money to fund the border wall was illegal and that the wall would cause environmental harm along the border.


In 2018, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Becerra asked a Northern California district judge to keep Trump from diverting $1.6 billion in federal funds to build a border wall after Trump declared a national emergency at the Mexico border.

"The long, well-documented history of the president's efforts to build a border wall demonstrates that he considered the wall to be a priority from the earliest days of his campaign in 2015," wrote Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas. "In short, neither the conditions at the border nor the president's position that a wall was needed to address those conditions was unanticipated or unexpected by (the Department of Defense)."


In May 2018, California fought against the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census when Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in the U.S. District Court in Northern California.


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