//  3/8/18  //  Commentary

UPDATE: We've now published this episode, and you can listen on iTunes or in the player below. Sorry for the delay!

On a new episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Jason, and Charlie discuss a recent district court opinion that rejected California's challenge to the Trump Administration's expedited border wall projects in California. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes.

They start the episode by discussing the boringly-named but legally-interesting opinion in In Re: Border Infrastructure Environmental Litigation. As they explain, the plaintiffs in this case are California and several environmental groups, and all have challenged the Trump Administration's waiver of state and federal environmental laws in order to allow the federal government to build new border fencing in Southern California. After recapping the case, they mention the politics in the background, including the unique fact that the judge who ruled in favor of the Trump Administration—Judge Gonzalo Curiel—was previously demeaned by Trump during the campaign. The trio then grapple with the argument that Secretary of Homeland Security acted without any legal authority at all and move on to several consitutional challenges that the plaintiffs lost on. Easha also brings up an argument not made in the case: that the Secretary's actions were motivated by anti-Mexican animus. The episode ends with a few Trump nuggets.

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Links

  • The opinion in the case is here. (All 101 pages of it.)
  • Jason's Trump nugget is about a trial that just started in Kansas over the state's new requirement that people show proof of citizenship to register to vote. High Plains Public Radio has excellent updates from the courtroom here
  • Easha mentioned the new lawsuit by DOJ against California over the state's alleged defiance of federal immigration laws. More info on that is here. We'll cover the case soon in detail.

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Undoing existing rules governing mercury pollution would be both pointless and dangerous. It would also be illegal.

Eli Savit

University of Michigan Law School

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On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Jason and Charlie ask the question that so many of us ask frequently: how bad is the Trump Administration? Is it better or worse than we should have expected back on election night in 2016? Listen now!

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Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

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