Politics

'Calexit' Movement Picks Up Steam

| by Oren Peleg

The world's sixth largest economy may be separating formal ties with the United States. Support is growing in the state of California to secede from the rest of the country following President-elect Donald Trump's win.

“In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children,” a statement by the Yes California Independence Campaign reads, notes the International Business Times.

The group has dubbed the proposed secession “Calexit” -- a play on the common name for the British exit from the European Union known as “Brexit.” The group plans to work toward holding a special election in 2019 to vote for the California to leave the United States.

"The relationship between California and the federal system just isn't working," Marcus Ruiz Evans, vice president of Yes California, said, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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On Nov. 9, the evening following the general election, some dozen protestors took to the California Capitol building chanting "What do we want? Calexit! When do we want it? Now!"

"Now that America chose Trump, no one is debating with us that America is failing," Evans added. "So then the question becomes, do you want to go down with the sinking ship, knowing that you have a ship that's able to sail the international economy on its own?"

David Carrillo, executive director of the California Constitution Center at the University of California Berkeley Law school, California has no law that would allow it to secede, reports KXTV.

"There is no legal basis for a state to secede from the union," Carrillo said. "The U.S. Constitution (A4s3) has a procedure for adding new states or subdividing existing states -- both require Congress to consent. But there is no procedure, at all, in the U.S. Constitution for a state to secede ... It's extremely unlikely California could secede, legally or otherwise. A group of states tried that once. It ended very badly for them."

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Hillary Clinton won 62 percent of California’s vote in the Nov. 8 election. The state also elected to legalize recreational marijuana. 

Sources: International Business Times, Los Angeles Times, KXTV / Photo credit: Russ Sanderlin/Flickr

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