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Making Immigrant Rights RealNonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco$
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Els de Graauw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700187

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700187.001.0001

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The Local Politics of Immigrant Integration

(p.1) Introduction
Making Immigrant Rights Real

Els de Graauw

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter explains how the book's analysis of immigrant-serving nonprofits successfully navigated advocacy constraints to influence the local governance of immigrant rights and integration. It draws on case studies in three areas of immigrant rights policies—language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards—in San Francisco to present a tripartite model of advocacy strategies used by nonprofits to propose, enact, and implement immigrant-friendly policies. The first strategy is one of administrative advocacy; the second deals with cross-sectoral and cross-organizational collaborations; and finally, nonprofits use strategic issue framing. Through use of this tripartite strategy, immigrant-serving nonprofits in San Francisco help create new socioeconomic and political rights for disadvantaged immigrants.

Keywords:   immigrant-serving nonprofits, immigrant rights, immigrant integration, language access, labor rights, municipal ID cards, San Francisco

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