Understanding Immigration in the US, with Ruy Teixeira

The Political Conversation

08-01-2024 • 29 mins

"We need a system for deciding who gets in and who does not. That's not cruel, it's just rational."


Meet Ruy Teixeira, political demographer, commentator and author of the deeply influential 2002 book "The Emerging Democratic Majority" with co-author John B. Judis. Today, he has a new book out: "Where have all the Democrats gone?" with the same co-author, and a very different message.


Encounters at the border have tripled since Trump left office, and for Teixeira, the reasons why Biden's approval rating on immigration hangs around 23% in some battleground states are obvious: The Democrats have moved too far away from common sense immigration policies that the median voter can agree with.


We get into it in this conversation.

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