With California’s political leaders in full resistance mode over President Trump’s executive order to build a wall on the Mexican border, Senate leader Kevin de León, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and others have floated an idea to try to stop it: the state’s famously stringent environmental laws.
“If there’s severe environmental impacts on our border, we’re going to seriously look into it,” De León, a Los Angeles Democrat, told reporters at a Wednesday news conference in Sacramento.
But legal experts say any effort to use state and federal environmental rules to block the wall faces extremely slim chances of being successful. Under the U.S. Constitution, the federal government has wide latitude to preempt state and local laws, especially in cases of immigration and national security.
In other words, California’s political leaders talk tough, but don’t expect them to deliver much.
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