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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

An Annotated Guide to President Trump's Speech to the U.S. Congress

Yesterday I asked the question whether or not the Trump administration might actually think about a process of legalization for at least some of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. He did not touch on that in last night's speech, so we will just have to wait and see. His speech did, however, offer a wide range of policy possibilities without providing any specific details about how he would do things like bring back jobs, rebuild the country's infrastructure, reconfigure health care, deal with immigration, and play a key role in world affairs. These are not simple things to do. First, you have to diagnose the real problem, and then find answers that a majority of people in Congress can agree on. That's a lot of work, but the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine today provided a helpful online resource by pointing to books put out by American scientists (the people who really do know more than others about their subject areas) that offer the diagnoses and treatments for many (albeit not all) of the points made in President Trump's speech last night. 
The President’s Joint Address to Congress focused on topics including immigration, health care, and infrastructure. The National Academies Press provides resources directly related to these issues.
In keeping with our seven-year tradition of providing resources on the topics in Presidents’ State of the Union addresses, we’ve annotated the complete text of President Trump’s Address to Congress with relevant reports from the National Academies that provide authoritative, independent guidance on these issues.
Each of the books can be downloaded for free as PDF files. Enjoy! 

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