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Politics Podcast: Democrats Are Struggling On Immigration Policy

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In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discusses a package of voting rule changes signed into law on Thursday by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and puts those new rules in context of other proposals from Republicans around the country that could make voting more difficult. The Georgia law contains a number of controversial provisions, including giving more authority over the state elections board to the legislature (instead of the secretary of state) and banning volunteers from giving food, water or chairs to people waiting to vote.

The gang also look at the challenges facing the Biden administration in dealing with the surge of migrants at the southern border and immigration reform more broadly. There does not appear to be a broad consensus among Democrats about how to address immigration reform. And in the near term, the U.S. is seeing the largest increase in migrants at the Southern border in 20 years, according to the Homeland Security secretary.

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