Introduction

The purpose of this research is to analyze the immigrants from Bolivia that settled in and around Alexandria, Virginia, post-1965. There were two major phases of immigration from Bolivia to Alexandria. Both phases seem to have been propelled by economic opportunity. Many laws were introduced in the United States post-1965 that affected the Bolivian immigrants. An interesting aspect of Bolivian immigrants, opposed to other immigrant groups in Alexandria, are their strong investments in transnational connections and their involvement in fluid spaces. Bolivian immigrants are one of the smallest Latino immigrant groups in Alexandria, Virginia but have some of the strongest connections to their home country and in their personal, but public spaces. Census records, marriage certificates, newspapers and magazine clippings have been used to support our research and argument. Additionally, books, scholarly journals, and articles have been acquired to support our research.

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