chapter  12
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Cosmopolitans or New Americans? The Experiences and Social Identities of Colombian and Puerto Rican Software Engineers in Boston’s Route 128


Just like Jaime, many of the Colombian and Puerto Rican software engineers who live in the Boston metropolitan area achieved their “American Dream.” They came to the United States recruited by information technology (IT) companies in the late 1990s, they worked as low-paid computer programmers in their fi rst years in the country, and lived in apartments shared with their co-workers. Today, they own houses and make at least three times the salary they made when they fi rst came to the country.