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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
Twenty Yemeni immigrants whose travel to Los Angeles was halted by President Trump's ban will be flying to LAX, but uncertain if the restrictions will be reinstated.
While one Iranian immigrant sent back by officials under President Trump's travel ban has been returned to Los Angeles, a group of Yemenis still await their visas.
A group of travelers from Yemen is stranded in Africa under Trump's temporary travel ban covering seven Muslim-majority countries. A federal court order covers all with immigrant visas and green cards.
An Iraqi refugee on her way back to Los Angeles, where her husband and children awaited, was stopped by federal agents. Then her five-hour ordeal began.
Attorneys for people held under President Trump's immigration ban at LAX say border agents tried to get the detainees to abandon their legal residency status.
The federal court decision follows a petition filed by ACLU on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations detained at airports across the country, including LAX.
President Donald Trump's executive order is aimed at screening out "radical Islamic terrorists" and temporarily limiting refugees, including those bound for California.
More local cities have adopted so-called sanctuary policies that are immigrant-friendly. But the new administration could pull federal funding from such cities.
With the topic of U.S. jobs filled by foreign workers fanning the heat of the presidential campaign, there's a new House bill that would restrict a controversial visa program for highly skilled overseas employees.
The multilingual office would coordinate and streamline access to services for immigrants, county officials say.
EB-5 gives foreigners who invest in U.S. businesses a visa and a chance at permanent legal status. It has benefited some Trump-branded projects.
As the city council moves towards legalization, there are no immediate plans to do so in unincorporated parts of the L.A. County.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors fund efforts to help immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.
As war refugees flee the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syrians living in California look for ways to help those seeking safety from the violence.
Los Angeles County supervisors are set to vote next Tuesday on a motion to earmark an initial $1 million to help unauthorized immigrants fight deportation in court.