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

Will Trump take on the controversial EB-5 visa program?

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.

Street vendors push for legalization as county cracks down

As the city council moves towards legalization, there are no immediate plans to do so in unincorporated parts of the L.A. County.

$3M for immigrants' legal defense approved by LA 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.

Crisis in Aleppo hitting close to home for some in SoCal

As war refugees flee the Syrian city of Aleppo, Syrians living in California look for ways to help those seeking safety from the violence.

LA County to consider funding legal help for undocumented immigrants

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.

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.