Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department

Public Administration

Advisor

Velazquez, Adrian M.

Abstract

Immigration has become one of the most important topics in the United States. According to the Census Bureau (2011), Hispanics are officially the largest minority group in the nation. This has a direct impact on new legislation and federal, state and local government decision making. The consequences of these actions directly influence the way public administrators do their job. To better understand the changes and its consequences, all these levels of government must understand the situation and all factors involved to the best of their capabilities. This research paper explores the services a group of Mexican immigrant non-profit organizations provide to their constituencies, the objective of the services, the target population, and possible consequences in their communities. The findings suggest that the majority of the services assist in immigrant integration into American society while others could be exclusive in nature. Despite these findings, future research on this topic is needed to better understand the direct benefits, advantages, strengths and weaknesses of each particular service and each organization. The topic is of great importance in comprehending the impact these organizations have on American culture.

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