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

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

No permits, but some unauthorized California immigrants work legally

Despite a Supreme Court ruling freezing President Obama's plan to grant work permits to certain unauthorized immigrants, some find they can work within the law.

Muslims tout Ramadan charity work to combat Islamophobia

SoCal Muslim groups always do charity work during the holy month of Ramadan. This year they called attention to it as a way to combat negative stereotypes.

In LA's immigrant enclaves, July 4 takes on different forms, flavors - and meanings

Snapshots of celebrations in South Gate and Monterey Park, among the many local places that immigrants and their children call home.

What comes next after deadlocked immigration ruling

The Obama administration's plan to temporarily grant legal status to immigrants living in the country illegally who are parents of U.S. citizens will remain on hold after a deadlocked ruling Thursday.

Supreme Court deadlock — Obama immigration plan on hold

The Supreme Court decision blocks the Obama administration plan to extend temporary legal status to qualified immigrants and sends the case back to a Texas judge.

Immigrant parents of US citizens await Supreme Court ruling

Unauthorized immigrants with American children say a favorable high court decision could protect them from deportation and provide work permits.

In wake of Orlando shooting, LGBT Latinos seek safe spaces to mourn

Among LGBT Latinos in Los Angeles, the Orlando shooting is being felt in a unique way. Some have set about creating a sense of "familia" for those who can't mourn openly at home.

American Samoans consider next move after court passes on citizenship case

Legal options and federal legislation are among the options for American Samoans seeking U.S. citizenship.

Even in final hours, groups urge Latino voters to get out and vote

There have been voter registration drives, phone banks, even efforts by some Southern California groups to knock on doors on primary day.

#RamadaninLA kicks off Sunday night in Barnsdall Park

Hoping to dispel negative stereotypes about Muslims, organizers will kick off the holy month of Ramadan with a public celebration in Hollywood.

Bill seeking to extend Obamacare to unauthorized immigrants sent to governor

A bill that would let California seek a waiver to the Affordable Care Act and open up health coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally is headed to the governor.

Citizenship applications have been on the rise as election nears

Immigration advocates say many of those who applied for U.S. citizenship in recent months want to vote in the November presidential election.

Asian-American voter turnout lags but push is on to turn it around

Asians are the nation’s fastest growing racial group, but their potential as a voting force has yet to fully materialize. Might that change in 2016?

Young Guatemalan immigrant arrested after deportation order

Immigration officials aren't saying if a planned crackdown targeting recent arrivals has begun in Los Angeles area. But they say a young Guatemalan man arrested this week fits their "enforcement priorities."