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

Is the DREAM Act good for the economy?

A recent study by UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center examined the future earning potential and economic input of the estimated 825,000 now-undocumented youths who stand to benefit from the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow a path to legal status for college students and military enlistees.

In the news this morning: Why CSU Fresno student leader was outed, DREAM Act update, SB 1070 boycott gets expensive, more

Ramirez fairly treated by Collegian - The Collegian Interesting piece from the editorial board of the CSU Fresno campus daily on the decision to out student body president Pedro Ramirez as undocumented.

After 20 years of the H-1B visa, a mixed legacy

Does anyone know that it's the 20th anniversary of the H-1B visa? The tech reporters at Computerworld do. The magazine has produced a special report on the temporary work visa used to bring over highly skilled foreign workers, many employed in the technology industry.

Not one, but two, undocumented student leaders have come out this week: So what, or now what?

In the past two days, two prominent student leaders - one in Fresno, one in Miami - have revealed that they are undocumented. Earlier this week, CSU Fresno's student body president Pedro Ramirez, 22, confirmed his status to reporters.

In the news this morning: Two undocumented student leaders, DREAM Act update, judge rules against Tenn. mosque opponents, more

Should an illegal immigrant be student body president at Fresno State? - Los Angeles Times The LAT poses the question to readers after revelation that CSU Fresno student body president Pedro Ramirez is undocumented.

Über-achiever student? Check. Undocumented? Check.

A university student body president and former high school valedictorian, undocumented? Yes, and it shouldn't surprise anyone.

Quote of the moment: The Reid DREAM Act tweet

"I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck. It's good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security."

Author Rick Nahmias on California: "We are the most diverse place for faith in the world."

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In the news this morning: Female agricultural workers, a tentative DREAM Act vote date, more

Illegal immigrant women face risks, study says - CNN Hardships faced by female agricultural workers are documented in a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

American snapshot: Westlake

Who needs American Jell-O when you've got "American style" D'Gari?

Christian church confused for mosque, draws opposition

Oh, Arizona.

Wanted: National Latino leader

Do Latinos lack national leadership? Yes, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report released yesterday. In terms of an identifiable national "leader" for the nation's vast and disparate Latino population, there isn't one.

In the news this morning: Steve Li case still pending, taunting a religious minority in Oklahoma, DREAM Act discussed, more

Illegal Immigrants Can Get Reduced Tuition, California Court Rules - New York Times More on the California Supreme Court's ruling yesterday upholding an in-state tuition policy for state residents regardless of immigration status.

Quote of the moment: On the need for Asian voices in the immigration debate

"It is really frustrating to be mostly left out of the conversation. Mostly it's because the Asian-American vote is missing — the media do not sample the Asian vote to tell what we're really voting on.

Heated reaction to news of court ruling upholding in-state tuition for undocumented students

The California Supreme Court today issued a unanimous ruling that allows undocumented students to continue receiving in-state tuition at California colleges and universities, reversing a lower appeals court's decision.