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

Legal scholars to Trump: White House can't legally defund 'sanctuary cities'

Nearly 300 law professors have signed a letter that asserts President Trump's threat to pull federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' is unconstitutional. Not everyone agrees.

The future of immigrant investor program EB-5

The Department of Homeland Security is proposing tightening the controversial EB-5 program that allows wealthy immigrants to gain legal residency by making investments that create jobs.

5 questions: How a merit-based immigration system would work

President Trump proposed a merit-based immigration system in his speech Tuesday to Congress. How might it impact immigration and the economy in Southern California?

Lawyers get ready for Trump's revised travel ban

Legal advocates are preparing to set up shop at LAX in anticipation of a new, revised executive order affecting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Border Patrol: DACA recipient detained in alien smuggling case

Jesus Alonso Arreola Robles was arrested Feb. 12 in San Diego County. His family and lawyer say no criminal charges have been filed against him.

DACA recipient from LA arrested, attorney says

A young immigrant from Los Angeles who has been living and working here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has been arrested and detained, according to his attorney.

CA economic concerns grow as Trump's immigration policies roll out

State Sen. Kamala Harris, business leaders and immigration experts cite economic contributions of foreign-born workers in California.

Parent of smuggled child fears prosecution under Trump order

A Salvadoran immigrant used a smuggler to bring her child to the U.S., but now could face deportation and criminal prosecution under new Trump immigration order.

DACA recipients brace for Trump action on immigrant program

The future of an Obama administration program that temporarily protects certain young immigrants from deportation and grants them work permits remains uncertain.

Worries heightened in SoCal after arrest of DACA recipient near Seattle

The arrest of a man living in Washington state under the DACA program is rattling other young immigrants like him in California.

LA-bound Armenian Christians held up in travel ban's wake

A group of Armenian Christian refugees are awaiting their fate in Iran after they got caught in the backwash of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

ICE officials announce 160 arrests in SoCal this week

Immigration officials have conducted an “enforcement surge,” arresting 161 undocumented people over five days. They say the arrests are part of the periodic enforcement actions that they have conducted in recent years.

LA-area lawyers say feds ramped up arrests of immigrants

Los Angeles area attorneys report they've gotten a higher than usual number of calls from relatives of undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE officials.

Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration's immigration policy.

Yemenis stuck by travel ban arrive in LA

An order by a federal judge in Seattle suspended the temporary travel ban and allowed the Yemenis to fly to Los Angeles. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to rule on the Trump administration's appeal of that order this week.