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

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.

ICE lists LA authorities among those releasing immigrants

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a list of local jails that it says rejected requests to hold unauthorized immigrants for deportation.

Los Angeles could get more immigration judges

Plans are still being finalized, but Los Angeles could see additional immigration court judges as the Trump administration pushes for more deportations.

With immigration crackdown, some go into hiding

As the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement, many unauthorized immigrants are laying low. Meantime, churches create sanctuaries — just in case.

How Trump's new budget might affect California

Trump is proposing cuts to many areas of government, including environmental oversight, transportation and medical research, while boosting spending for the military and to build a border wall.

Federal judges in Maryland, Hawaii block Trump travel ban

Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation's capital by the ACLU and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families.