The Trump administration is all in favor of states’ rights. Except when it’s not.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions brushed aside state autonomy to sue California over its so-called sanctuary policies that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation. He also unleashed federal prosecutors to go after marijuana businesses in the states that have legalized cannabis sales.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is butting heads with governors in coastal states over his agency’s plan to open federal waters to offshore drilling.
And Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told states they lacked the authority to crack down on predatory practices by some of the nation’s largest student loan companies.