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

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."

How did May Day become a day for immigrant rights marches?

The day long known as International Workers' Day around the world is marked in the United States as a time when marchers take to the streets for immigrant rights.

LA Council candidate loses key support after offensive posts

City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali says he's staying in the race against incumbent Gil Cedillo, although he's received a flood of criticism after his posting on online forums.

SoCal Dreamer 'repatriated' to Mexico files lawsuit

A 23-year-old California student is suing the federal government to learn its reasons for returning him to Mexico despite what his attorneys say is his DACA status.

Deported veterans hoping to return to US after Brown pardons crimes

The three veterans pardoned are not the only non-citizen military veterans who've been deported. But the three hope they can return with their crimes now pardoned.

5 things to know about prosecution of immigration offenses

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo to federal prosecutors urging them to make certain immigration offenses "higher priorities," including in cases where people illegally cross the border multiple times.

LA County supervisors weigh immigrant legal aid

Under the proposal, the county would contribute up to $3 million to a fund that would combine money from the city of Los Angeles and philanthropic groups to create a $10 million resource for immigrants' legal defense. Immigrants convicted of violent felonies would be excluded from help.

Mexican governors address LA city officials

The conversation between seven governors of Mexican states and LA City Council members was dominated by immigration and trade in the Trump era.

Federal agents raid LA-area business in green card probe

Federal authorities have raided a Los Angeles-area business they say cheated a U.S. government visa program to obtain green cards for wealthy Chinese investors.

Immigration enforcement under Trump: Is the fear justified?

Strict immigration enforcement occurred under previous administrations as well. Yet the fear that's been stirred under President Trump is extreme. What's different?

Los Angeles officials warn of immigration consultant scams

The Trump administration’s stepped up immigration enforcement is ripe for fraud by notarios, those who charge to help immigrants avoid deportation, officials say.