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

More attempts to dissuade Latino voters reported

Two weeks after news broke of an unaired ad campaign urging Latinos not to vote, efforts to dissuade Latinos from the polls have reportedly continued into the eleventh hour.

American snapshot: Election Day, Part 2

Another favorite photo from today, snapped while making the reporting rounds in southeast L.A. County.

On the Day of the Dead, remembering the art of José Guadalupe Posada

This Election Day happens to fall on el Día de Los Muertos, the day of the dead. Think Mexican has posted an homage to the late Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, whose skeletal "La Catrina" is synonymous with Mexico's annual celebration of the dead as a part, always, of our lives.

At the polls in Bell, voters are still smarting

Is the political corruption that scandalized Bell a few months ago helping drive voter turnout there today?

American snapshot: Election Day

It's time to go get one of these, in any mix of languages.

In the news this morning: It's Election Day (plus the SB 1070 hearings, the power of Spanish-language media, and more)

Arizona immigration law: One part of Arizona measure may be upheld - Los Angeles Times The 9th Circuit Court suggested during a hearing yesterday that Arizona may be allowed to require police to check the immigration status of someone suspected of a crime.

Q&A: Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar on the voting power of U.S.-born Latinos

No one is more familiar with the power of the Latino vote, considered pivotal in tomorrow's midterm election, than the organizations working to get Latino voters to the polls.

Quote of the moment: NCLR's Martinez De Castro on what motivates Latino voters

"Much has been made about Latino enthusiasm around voting on Tuesday, suggesting that low enthusiasm means 'not voting.' Well, here's the thing: I am voting on Tuesday, but I would hardly describe my mood as 'enthusiastic.

In the news this morning: The myth of the Latino vote, immigration and the GOP, SB 1070 in the 9th Circuit and more

Opinion | The myth of the monolithic 'Latino vote' - Seattle Times On Latino voters as a culturally, politically, geographically and demographically diverse group.

Celebrating Día de los Muertos

Just as Halloween is almost here, so, too, is Día de los Muertos, the day of the dead.

Quote of the moment: Meg Whitman on why ex-housekeeper should be deported

"Well, the answer is: It breaks my heart, but she should be deported, because she forged documents and she lied about her immigration status."

What is State Question 755? Here's more

The AtlanticWire has a roundup of stories on Oklahoma's State Question 755, an until-recently obscure ballot initiative in the Sooner State that, if approved by voters, would prohibit the state's courts from using international law or Islamic Sharia law when making rulings.

In the news this morning: Little change in AZ post-SB 1070, ethnic voters in California races, immigrants gaining jobs, more

Ariz. immigration law three months later: no arrests - USA Today After a federal court judge prevented key portions from going into effect, SB 1070 has failed to live up to opponents' fears and supporters' hopes.

On Halloween and ethnicity, commodified

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it must be time to, er, don an afro wig, a sombrero and fake mustache, or a Kim Jong Il costume? Nah, not so much.

Pew survey: Political backlash has Latinos divided on immigration issues, worried about discrimination

The results of a new national survey from the Pew Hispanic Center show the political backlash against illegal immigration creating divisions on a number of issues among Latinos (including between those who are immigrants and those who are native-born) and prompting worries about discrimination.