Leslie Berestein Rojas

Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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Southern California is home to many new immigrants -- about a third of L.A. County residents are foreign born. Immigrants are creating an evolving definition of "American." I will deepen the understanding of how immigrants are changing the region and how L.A. changes immigrants.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

6 immigrants end hunger strike at Adelanto detention center

The men, who had refused meals at the Adelanto facility, have begun eating again. Supporters say they are protesting what they call poor living conditions.

LA immigration activist case highlights ICE discretion

A judge ordered Immigrant rights activist Claudia Rueda released from detention but her deportation case is moving forward as supporters push officials to drop it.

Immigration focus remains on border, not visa overstays

People who arrived in the U.S. legally on temporary visas are believed to make up more than 40 percent of the unauthorized immigrant population.

Labor Department officials plan worker visa fraud crackdown

The move recalls Southern California cases of alleged visa abuses, but Asian community advocates say it's an anti-immigrant move.

New app to help detained immigrants — in 5 languages

A Korean-American group based in Los Angeles has partnered with volunteer developers to create a smartphone app for unauthorized immigrants stopped by authorities.

In House race, Democrats battle over who's more progressive

In a 34th Congressional District candidates' forum Thursday, perhaps the most contentious point between Jimmy Gomez and Robert Ahn was just how progressive the other really is.

Immigration agents arrest nearly 200 in LA-area raids

Immigration agents arrested nearly 200 people suspected of being in the country illegally in a five-day raid in the Los Angeles area, authorities said Thursday.

Proposed federal budget slips in penalty for 'sanctuary cities'

Buried in President Trump’s proposed federal budget is language that would cut some funding to governments that don't comply with immigration agents.

LA earmarks $1M for immigrant defense, but debate's not over

The budget earmarks $1 million this year for the legal defense fund, but city officials must still approve policy details, including who benefits.

LA case highlights rise of non-criminal immigrant arrests

When it comes to arresting immigrants, law enforcement officials have long prioritized those with criminal records. That's changing under Trump.

House bill would give feds clout against sanctuary jurisdictions

One facet of a stringent new immigration bill in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to make local police like LAPD cooperate with immigration agents – whether they want to or not.

ICE arrests spike under Trump — in LA, not so much

​Immigration officials say in the president's first 100 days, immigrant arrests nationwide rose by 38 percent. In the Los Angeles area, arrests are up by about 5 percent.

Courts weigh Trump travel ban; some say damage already done

Some of those affected in Southern California say the ban has already had a chilling effect on local families bringing in relatives and those helping asylum seekers.

OC supervisors agree to rent more immigrant detention beds to ICE

Orange County supervisors have unanimously approved a plan to rent an additional 120 detention beds at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange under contract to immigration officials.

'Systemic' problems in immigrant detainee medical care, report says

Human rights advocates say untrained staff and medical delays are commonplace. Immigration officials responded saying they are "committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency's custody."