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

SoCal students seek to testify in affirmative action case

Two students and Advancing Justice LA support Harvard University in an affirmative action lawsuit that highlights a divide in the Asian community.

Street vendor plan pushes ahead

A plan to regulate street vendors and limit their number on each block goes to the City Council for approval in concept. A final vote isn't expected until spring.

Foreign workers worry about restricted visas under Trump

The H-1B visa program allows tens of thousands of foreigners to work in the U.S. annually, most from Asia. President-elect Donald Trump says it hurts U.S. workers.

Muslims still living with fallout of San Bernardino shooting

Hate crimes against Muslims have gone up since last year's shooting, as have suspicious stares and awkward conversations, some say.

Mosques ask congregations to be vigilant after threatening letters

After a handful of local mosques received the letters, local Islamic leaders are telling their congregations to go about their business — but to be wary and contact police if needed.

LA officials float a plan to legalize street vending

Under the proposal, street vendors who follow the rules wouldn't face misdemeanor charges as they do now.

LA supervisors back quicker response to hate crimes

The motion from Supervisor Hilda Solis was unanimously approved Tuesday; it calls for swift action after several suspected hate crimes in Los Angeles County are reported in the wake of the general election.

California's looming immigration showdown

California is home to a long list of immigrant-friendly policies — many of which run counter to President-elect Donald Trump's views.

LA council to consider immigrant advocate in wake of Trump win

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson is seeking an immigrant advocate to help the city navigate a Donald Trump presidency and protect its federal funding.

Immigrants who applied for citizenship before election take oath

But it's too early to tell what impact Donald Trump's election as president will have on would-be applicants seeking to become U.S. citizens.

LA County gets reports of post-election hate incidents

Los Angeles County officials say they are receiving reports of hate incidents in the wake of last week’s presidential election.

Immigrants with temporary status worry they'll be deported

Donald Trump’s plan to cancel some of President Obama’s executive actions is unnerving young immigrants. One allows some to temporarily live and work in the U.S.

LA church parishioners pray for Trump and their own

In a small Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles, a priest tries to calm a disquiet congregation, many immigrants from Latin America.

Boyle Heights vandalism seen as reaction to rapid changes

Vandalism at art galleries reflect anger over changes in Boyle Heights that are driving higher rents and displacement of longtime residents, community members say.

OC supervisor's race a window into a changing region

In the once mostly white, conservative stronghold of Orange County, a Latina and an Asian-American are vying for a Board of Supervisors seat.