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Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco

Els de Graauw


More than half of the 41 million foreign-born individuals in the United States today are non-citizens, half have difficulty with English, a quarter are undocumented, and many are poor. As a result, most immigrants have few opportunities to make their voices heard in the political process. Nonprofits in many cities have stepped into this gap to promote the integration of disadvantaged immigrants. They have done so despite notable constraints on their political activities, including limits on their lobbying and partisan electioneering, limited organizational resources, and dependence on governme ... More

Keywords: non-citizens, immigrants, immigrant rights policies, language access, labor rights, municipal ID cards, advocacy, nonprofits, San Francisco

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700187
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Els de Graauw, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Baruch College, the City University of New York