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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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Nonprofit Organizations as Immigrant Rights Advocates

Nonprofit Organizations as Immigrant Rights Advocates

(p.24) Chapter 1 Nonprofit Organizations as Immigrant Rights Advocates
Making Immigrant Rights Real

Els de Graauw

Cornell University Press

This chapter studies nonprofit organizations as contemporary agents of the movement for immigrant rights and immigrant integration. Through cross-historical and cross-organizational comparisons with political parties, labor unions, and churches, the chapter draws on how the activism of immigrant-serving nonprofits can be distinguished from that of other types of civic organizations. Contemporary immigrant-serving nonprofits are set apart by the lack of political and financial resources with which they can influence the political process. These constraints, however, do not necessarily prevent immigrant-serving nonprofits from taking an active role in local political affairs. The chapter shows that these nonprofits' expertise on immigrant communities is their most valuable resource, and that city administrative officials are their most common advocacy targets and collaborators.

Keywords:   nonprofit organizations, immigrant rights, immigrant integration, political process, civic organizations, city administrative officials

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