California is poised to contest Federal action to implement President-elect Trump’s immigration policies. Can they do this legally? Can the Federal Government force the states to enforce new Federal immigration policy?
America’s federal system of checks and balances is designed to limit the powers of the federal government, but since the Civil War Constitutional amendments and Supreme Court decisions have generally tipped the balance toward the federal government.
What did the founders intend with respect to the powers of the Congress compared to the states? Such questions are particularly important when one party controls all three branches of the federal government
Constitutional scholar Jed Kee will discuss these issues in the second part of his five-part lecture series, “The Constitution and the Federalist,” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 18) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
Kee will discuss questions such as: To what extent have Congressional powers been expanded beyond the “enumerated” powers listed in the Constitution? What are the limits today on congressional powers? What checks and balances exist? What is the relationship between the “Supremacy Clause” and the 10th Amendment?
The remaining talks in the series will include: The Power of the Presidency (Feb. 1), The Supreme Court (March date to be determined}, and Emerging Issues and Conclusion (April date to be determined).
Kee holds degrees in law and public administration from New York University and worked in all three levels of government before joining George Washington University in 1985, where he was a professor and dean before his retirement.
Those interested in preparing in advance for the discussions should buy or download a copy of The Federalist. Kee recommends the Gideon Edition, edited by Carey and McClellan and published by the Liberty Fund, for its interesting introduction.
Written by Jed Kee and Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteers