Immigration & Emerging Communities

Keeping the Korean love for hiking alive — in Los Angeles

The hard-core love for hiking mountains is now a tradition that's being kept alive by the Korean-American community in Los Angeles.

Most new California licenses go to drivers in US illegally

California officials say more than half of new drivers' licenses issued in the state this year have gone to people who are in the country illegally.

A rare North Korean in Los Angeles just wants to blend in

Meet "Elise Park," one of the tiny but growing population of North Koreans living in Los Angeles.

Debate over immigration program heats up after San Francisco shooting

A new federal program seeks to deport immigrants only if they are convicted of crimes, but the plan is drawing heat from both sides of the immigration debate.

In LA's 'Tehrangeles,' mixed feelings about proposed US-Iran accord

Many are cautiously optimistic about easing sanctions, but say they don't trust the Iranian government.

Many immigrants re-arrested after detainers declined, report finds

Many jurisdictions have stopped honoring so-called immigration detainers, saying they can't hold arrestees without probable cause.

Greek economic crisis could bring a wave of new migrants

The Greek diaspora in the U.S. dates back generations. One local organization says it's been overwhelmed lately with pleas from Greek workers who want to move to L.A.

New Filipino English words added to Oxford dictionary

Oxford is adding more "world English" to its pages, giving a nod to terms like "balikbayan," "comfort room" and "carnap" this year. Read on for definitions.

City of LA unveils its plan to patrol wage theft

A proposed "Office of Labor Standards" would employ five people and could grow to 39. The city could spend about $2 million publicizing the program to low-wage workers.

LA Times 'black Twitter' reporter on the emergence of a community

The Times' new hire talks about his job working with online communities to tell the stories the media often misses.

Immigrant children given adult dose of hepatitis A vaccine

The vaccines were administered this week, but none of the children have been hospitalized or had any adverse reactions, ICE officials said Saturday.

A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

Many of the children who arrived from Central America still have cases churning through the immigration courts and don't know what the outcome will be.

Enforcing local minimum wage in 'epicenter' of wage theft

Wage theft is common in some local industries - and hard to root out. Los Angeles will have to start it's own unit if if wants to enforce it's higher minimum wage.

Immigration detention center expands in Southern California

Authorities are expanding a detention facility to get more bed space for women with criminal records, immigrants with medical needs and other detainees.

DMV expands documents accepted for immigrant driver license

California has expanded the list of identity documents that immigrants in the country illegally can use to apply for a driver's license.

Boyle Heights: 'As American as we want and as Mexican as we want'

Children and grandchildren of Mexican immigrants are opening funky new stores in Boyle Heights. They see the changes not as gentrification, but rather evolution.