1. The three branches of U.S. government are legislative, executive and judicial. For each of these, name the highest level of organization that acts for that branch and give a BRIEF description for each of that branch’s/organization’s function.
a. Legislative: Congress, which consists of the House of Representatives and the Senate. They’re function is to vests power to legislate in the Congress of the United States.
b. Executive: President; He/ she carries out federal laws and recommends them as well. He/ she is also able to veto and pass bills as a check and balance.
c. Judicial: The Supreme Court; they’re power is to provide supreme judicial review for the nation and provides checks ...view middle of the document...
6. What famous executive order did President Lincoln issue in 1862? What was it called and briefly what was it about – what did it do? For the last part of this question, you will want to “google” the information and form your response.
a. President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus and issued the Emancipation Proclamation by Executive Order
7. Why are executive orders controversial?
a. Executive orders give the President the ability to establish laws without the consent of congress which does not exactly follow the checks and balance system laid out in the constitution.
The following questions are taken from the article entitled “Governor Wolf Signs Two Executive Orders.”
8. Pennsylvania Governor Wolf signed two executive orders on April 7, 2016.
a. Briefly describe each of the executive orders.
a. The first executive order abolishes discrimination by government agencies based on many factors including sexual orientation, gender, and disabilities.
b. The second executive order ensures that all government business contracting and others shall use nondiscriminatory practices.
b. What was the purpose of these executive orders?
a. The purpose of these executive orders is to eliminate discrimination in all government agencies and all of their practices.
c. What Pennsylvania legislative event (or non-event) prompted the governor to issue the executive orders?
a. The Pennsylvania Fairness Act remained in Congress with no movement.
d. What events in other states prompted the governor to issue the executive orders? Name the states.
a. Sodomy laws, including a Public Facilities Privacy Act that still exist in certain states
The following questions are taken from the article entitled “Your Complete Guide to President Obama’s Immigration Action.”
9. What executive order did President Obama announce/issue on November 20, 2014? Briefly explain what the executive order was about and what it entailed. You are not expected to go into extensive detail – just the main ideas.
a. President Obama implemented an executive order on immigration policy that gave illegal immigrants temporary legal status and an indefinite pardon from deportation.
a. As of 2014, how many undocumented immigrants lived in the United States? 11.3 million
b. How many of these will be directly affected? About 4 million
c. Has the Obama administration been deporting more or less undocumented immigrants than previous administrations?
d. At the current rate, how long would it take to deport the current number of undocumented immigrants (as of the date of the article)?
i. 30 years
e. How many undocumented immigrants have children that are U.S. citizens? What percentage is this of the whole?
i. 3.5 million; 33%
f. How many undocumented immigrants are from Mexico? Where are the remainder from?
i. More than half; the rest are from Latin America or Asian countries
11. Explain what the phrase “prosecutorial...