Politics and the pandemic in Latino and Native American communities

Several hundred immigration activists gather near the White House on October 7, 2021 to urge the Biden administration to pass a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants (Photo by Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto)NO USE FRANCE

This episode features an interview with an expert who calls immigration and the Latino vote a golden opportunity for Democrats in 2022. Gabriel Sanchez is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and a professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. In the interview, he discusses a range of policy issues including why COVID-19 has had such a devastating impact on Latino families, why vaccination rates are so high in Native American communities, and why immigration policy remains so important headed into the midterm elections. Sanchez is also Founding Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Policy and director of the Center for Social Policy at the University of New Mexico.

Also on this episode, Hanna Love, a research associate with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking in the Brookings Metropolitan Policy program, discusses three trends shaping the future of rural America that she says the dominant narratives aren’t very good at capturing. Listen to this segment also on SoundCloud.

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