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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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Boldly Representing Immigrants in Tough Times

Boldly Representing Immigrants in Tough Times

(p.181) Conclusion Boldly Representing Immigrants in Tough Times
Immigrants and Electoral Politics

Heath Brown

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter circles back to the political sphere and examines what actually happened on Election Day. It looks at how first-and second-generation immigrant candidates (Grace Meng, Ted Cruz, and Tammy Duckworth) had fared and considers what can be said about immigrant voting behaviors in light of what we now know about immigrant-serving nonprofit behavior. Further, given these patterns, the chapter turns to what nonprofits can do in the future to better incorporate electoral work into their missions and what the findings of this research suggest for the presidential election in 2016 and beyond. The chapter looks ahead to future elections and recommends that immigrant-serving nonprofits consider seven issues when they decide to engage in an election: technology, staffing, institutionalization, continuous strategy, coalitions, new gateways, and authenticity.

Keywords:   immigrant candidates, Election Day, 2016 presidential elections, future elections, immigrant voting behaviors, immigrant-serving nonprofit behaviors, electoral work

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