California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says his state will not frivolously sue the Trump administration over the construction of the president's proposed border wall.
"We're not going to bring stupid lawsuits or be running to the courthouse every day," Brown said during an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"We're going to be careful. We'll be strategic," he said.
California hired as its attorney general former U.S. Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Overnight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests MORE (D-Calif.) shortly after President Trump was elected in November, with the intent of setting up a legal bulwark against the new administration.
The state filed its first lawsuit against the Trump administration just over a week after he took office, joining the lawsuit against the president's Jan. 27 executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Still, Brown offered a firm rebuke of the wall on Sunday, and reaffirmed that his state would take action against the wall, saying that California was prepared "to fight very hard."
"I don't like that wall, number one. And to the extent that that violates law, certainly I would enforce that," he said. "We're not going to sit around and just play patsy and say, 'Hey, go ahead. Lock us in. Do whatever the hell you want.'"
During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to build a massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico in order to stymie the flow of undocumented immigrants into the country. Days after taking office, Trump signed an executive order authorizing construction of the wall, though a definite timeline for the project has yet to be confirmed.