UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Trump administration is suing California over a state law giving it the power to override the sale of federal lands.

On April 2, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state, arguing that the California law is unconstitutional.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions contended that Congress, not a state, has the right to control the sale of federal property.

The law was passed by California’s legislature last fall, after lawmakers expressed concerns that the Trump administration would sell off federal land for real estate development, mining or drilling.

The federal government owns roughly 46 million acres in California.

The move is the latest in an escalating battle between the federal government and California.

Last month, the DOJ sued California over its so-called sanctuary laws, saying they were an unconstitutional attempt to block enforcement of federal immigration laws.