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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Editor, Diverse Communities
Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.
She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.
Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas
The program known as E-Verify has made its way lately to the center of the immigration debate, as some lawmakers seek to make the online worker screening tool mandatory for employers nationwide.
A post earlier this week highlighted a new USC report on the "housing swap" taking place in California between older white Americans as they sell off their homes in retirement, and the younger Latinos who are entering the market.
In the news this morning: A deportation reprieve for same-sex couple, Muslim female weightlifter to compete, immigration audits, more
Gay couple trying to avoid deportation given 2-year reprieve by San Francisco judge - San Francisco Examiner A federal judge in San Francisco has granted a two-year reprieve from deportation for a Venezuelan man to stay in the U.
Recent reports have indicated a sharp decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico, including a widely-circulated New York Times story last week that suggested economic and educational improvements there are among the reasons would-be migrants are staying put.
First Communion dresses to the right, quinceañera dresses to the left, and wedding dresses to order whenever you're ready. For each of these Latina milestones, there's a great dress.
The trend of undocumented immigrants being smuggled by sea up the California coast isn't entirely new, but the recent discovery of 15 people stranded on rugged Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura County has brought the story farther north.
In the news this morning: More kids are children of immigrants, little protest at All-Star game in Arizona, smuggling by sea, more
Census: Share of children in US hits record low - Associated Press Census numbers show that children now make up less of the nation's population than ever, even with a boost from immigrant families.
The always informative ImmigrationProf Blog has compiled an interesting roundup of the recent hits and misses in the U.S. Supreme Court affecting immigrants. Over the last few years, it turns out, immigrants have not fared badly in the high court's decisions, with some favorable ones in 2010, though there have been less favorable decisions lately.
Who is going to buy your parents' or grandparents' house when they retire and downsize, or move out of state? According to a new study from the University of Southern California, there's a good chance that the buyers will be Latino.
Seeing Mexican flags flying from homes in Los Angeles, often joined by the Stars and Stripes, is commonplace. Less often spotted on private flagpoles (though easy to find) is the flag superimposed with La Virgen de Guadalupe, which nonetheless makes perfect sense.
In the news this morning: Migrants rescued off Santa Cruz Island, wives of deportees bonding online, Mexico repatriation flights resume, mor
Illegal immigrants rescued off Santa Barbara coast - Los Angeles Times Fifteen Mexican citizens were stranded for days on Santa Cruz Island after being left there by smugglers. They used a cell phone to call for help.
One of two bills that make up what's referred to as the California Dream Act is now on its way to the Senate floor. The proposed legislation would allow undocumented college students to apply for and receive scholarships that don't come from state funds.
Perhaps the most devastating news out of Latin America over the weekend was the senseless murder of legendary Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, gunned down in an ambush in Guatemala while en route to the airport after performing there, with the bullets supposedly intended for his concert promoter.
Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. has highlighted an intriguing shift in the Indian American community as some children of Indian immigrants, whose parents traditionally pursued jobs in fields like health care or engineering, have broken with tradition and moved into riskier creative fields like entertainment or the high-end food industry.
In the news this morning: Major League Baseball and immigration, migrants stranded on Santa Cruz Island, D.C.'s dying Chinatown, more
Arizona immigration law met by silence from Major League Baseball - USA Today Calls for the league to condemn Arizona's SB 1070 and take the All-Star game out of Arizona have gone unheeded.