Lawsuits against Trump continue in Biden administration
California has filed more than 100 lawsuits against the Trump administration for various policies the former president introduced, rescinded or implemented during his tenure.
Many of them are closed. But others continue nearly a year after President Joe Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 election. The state is keeping some cases active as some Trump-era regulations could resurface or have lingering effects on Californians. .
In a lawsuit, the Biden administration sides with the former president over the use of private prisons for immigrant detention. California has sought to ban them with a 2019 law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The federal government is fighting to keep them open.
“These cases have real implications for the people, values ââand resources of California,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement to the Sacramento Bee. “That is why my office continues to work to ensure that these illegal policies meet effective and speedy resolution, whether through new rules, legal action, or other means.”
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Deferred action for arrivals of children: California and several other states filed a new lawsuit against the Trump administration in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last year after the former president tried to cut some protections for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The lawsuit follows a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that found that Trump’s efforts to cancel the DACA program, which allows these immigrants to live here, were illegal. A judge stayed the California case, effectively ending it. President Joe Biden has taken several steps since taking office to strengthen the DACA.
Immigration detention centers: California has filed a few lawsuits against the administration for its treatment of immigrants at the US border with Mexico. One is pending, filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western Division of the Central District of California in 2019: it claims prolonged detention of children in migrant centers flouted a 1997 rule that set standards security and sanitation for detention centers. Trump had proposed to build more centers that could accommodate children for longer.
Funding of the border wall: California has three lawsuits open in divisions of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, against former Trump officials for embezzling military funds to pay for the construction of more barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden was added to the lawsuits due to his takeover of the administration. Judges in those lawsuits have generally granted rulings favorable to California throughout these cases despite a Supreme Court ruling that allowed Trump to use funds for the wall in 2019.
Public charge rule: California, among other states, is suing former Trump officials over a rule that would have made obtaining citizenship more difficult for immigrants who depend on public assistance for health care and housing. It was filed by the city and counties of San Francisco and Santa Clara in federal court and is now in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Public safety money withheld: California is suing former Trump administration for withholding annual law enforcement grants because the state failed to comply with a new Trump rule that restricted immigration. Trump previously tried to sue California for its “sanctuary city” policies, which designate areas where the state will not help immigration controls find undocumented immigrants, but the Supreme Court has dismissed his action. in justice. It is pending before the Court of Appeal of the 9th circuit.
Access to birth control: The Trump administration tried to offer a religious or moral exemption to a rule in the Affordable Care Act that required employers to offer health plans with birth control; California filed a lawsuit in a larger Affordable Care Act lawsuit in US District Court for the Oakland Division of the Northern District of California in 2017. Judges prevented this from happening. exemption while the birth control case is active. Trump had tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act, implemented by former President Barack Obama, but California and other states have taken legal action and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the states in 2020 .
Sexual harassment at school: Trump-Era Education Department tightened the meaning of Title IX sexual harassment, making it harder for victims to file a complaint. Litigation in California has been suspended while the Department of Education revises the rule. The state sued alongside many others in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in 2020.
School feeding: California is suing the Trump administration for relaxing nutritional standards for foods offered in U.S. District Court schools for the Southern District of New York, after filing it alongside other states in 2019.
Postal delivery: The United States Postal Service has changed operations that slowed mail during the pandemic and ahead of the 2020 presidential election, which relied heavily on postal ballots. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has blocked the changes while the lawsuit continues.
Predatory lenders: California has a few lawsuits pending against parts of the Trump administration that have relaxed regulations for various lenders, including schools and banks. They sued the Department of Education for repealing an Obama-era rule that granted federal loans to students misled by for-profit schools in the US District Court, Northern District of California; the rule was devised after the Corinthian colleges closed – school officials lied about programs and graduation rates to attract students, ultimately trapping them in piles of loan debt.
Clean car rules: California filed two lawsuits against the former president over rules to relax vehicle emissions standards in the District of Columbia U.S. District Court, which directly violated strict state rules. The judges suspended these two lawsuits, effectively ending them. Biden repealed Trump’s regulations and announced tighter targets for electric vehicles this summer, which follow California’s.
Clean air requirements: The Trump administration has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct further analysis before developing air quality regulations. California, among other states, argued that more rigorous analysis would unnecessarily delay the creation of air quality rules. Arguments have stopped in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia as the agency works on broader changes, but the EPA has abandoned Trump’s recommendation. The suit was one of nine from California deposed on Trump’s last day in office. Biden signed an executive order the next day strengthening California’s air quality rules.
Former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement during one of the latest lawsuits that “today’s lawsuit should serve as a warning – day 1 or day 1460 , we will not leave the illegal actions of the Trump administration unchecked. “
Biden brought in Becerra for the post of US Secretary of Health and Human Services. Newsom replaced Becerra with Bonta.
This story was originally published October 28, 2021 9.20 am.