CALIFORNIA'S POWERFUL ATTORNEY GENERAL LEADS TRUMP RESISTANCE IN 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation’s most influential attorney general when he was named California’s top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the “Resistance State” to pummel President Donald Trump’s administration with dozens of legal actions. Heading into 2019, he may turn up the heat even more, buoyed by his overwhelming endorsement from voters, a Democratic U.S. House and a more aggressive governor who takes office Monday.
Becerra kicked off the new year on Thursday by leading a coalition of 17 Democratic attorneys general in appealing a recent ruling by a conservative federal judge in Texas that declared the Obama-era Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The law that Becerra called the “backbone of our health care system” will remain in place while the case is considered by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
In all, California’s first Latino attorney general says he has filed or joined more than 100 briefs and other legal actions — including 45 lawsuits — against the Trump administration, mostly targeting its environmental and immigration policies. He has scored some significant victories, most notably in defending former President Barack Obama’s “Dreamers” program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation, and in defending the bulk of California’s so-called sanctuary laws that limit state cooperation with federal immigration agents.