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Immigrants and Electoral PoliticsNonprofit Organizing in a Time of Demographic Change$
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Heath Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704833

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704833.001.0001

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The Precarious Position of Immigrants

The Precarious Position of Immigrants

(p.21) 1 The Precarious Position of Immigrants
Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the demographic shifts that took place between 2000 and 2012, which saw the composition of immigrants in the United States change greatly. Despite growing in number over the last three decades, immigrants have participated in politics at lower levels than other U.S. citizens. This chapter examines the gap in immigrant voting with the help of important findings from political behavior and political sociology research. This literature shows how varied immigrant politics are in the United States and also suggests why nonprofit engagement in elections should draw more attention. The chapter also examines how political institutions, especially nonprofit organizations, have advanced and sometimes slowed immigrant voting.

Keywords:   demographic shifts, U.S. citizens, political behaviors, political sociology, immigrant politics, political institutions

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