24 California Lawsuits Filed Against the Trump Administration

January 28, 2018

Since President Trump took office in January 2017, California has filed lawsuits against the administration 24 times. A brief outline of some of the most weighty actions follows.

Travel Ban

Washington filed the President over an executive order than banned refugees entering the U.S. from some Muslim countries, claiming that the decision is discriminatory because of religion and that it violates the First Amendment. California joined the lawsuit in March.


California, along with Minnesota, Maryland and Maine, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for illegal immigrants brought here as children. President Obama gave 800,000 undocumented immigrants temporary rights to stay in the U.S. The lawsuit claims that the current administration’s actions violate those rights and related federal laws.

Border Wall

The stated filed a lawsuit to prevent construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, claiming that the building of a wall violates the U.S. Constitution.

Sanctuary Cities

The Trump administration is withholding public funds from counties and cities that don’t comply with immigration enforcement. California filed a lawsuit in the matter, claiming that it was unconstitutional to make state agencies enforce federal immigration matters.

Transgender Military Ban

California has filed a lawsuit related to the ban against transgendered individuals joining the military. The Trump administration claims that this action was to reduce disruption and medical costs. The state claims that the action discriminates against transgendered individuals.

Birth Control

California claims that birth control is a federally entitled benefit due to the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration permits employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control on moral or religious grounds. The state claims that this violates the First Amendment because it targets women.


The Trump administration plans to end federal subsidies for ACA. California, along with New York, has filed a lawsuit to keep down the costs of insurance and reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

Student Loan Forgiveness

California, along with the District of Columbia and 17 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education seeking debt relief for students who were defrauded when borrowing money.

Additional lawsuits relate to immigration enforcement, environmental concerns, natural gas, coal leasing, gas and oil monies, appliance energy use and fuel-efficiency standards.

Federal civil rights sometimes conflict with state laws. If you have a question about your rights, contact our legal team for advice.

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