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

In the news this morning: Anti-immigrant backlash, the Sanchez-Tran race, private prison industry's link to SB 1070, more

More U.S. Latinos say they face discrimination - The Washington Post Nearly two thirds of Latinos surveyed as part of a new study believe they are being discriminated as part of a backlash over illegal immigration.

Quote of the moment: Michelle Obama on the influence of Latino voters

“The Latino community will be huge in these elections, they were huge two years ago…Because two years ago this community turned out, things were surprisingly different.”

'They Keep Coming' in a 'Wave'

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Voto Latino's Rosario Dawson on the Patt Morrison show

This afternoon's Patt Morrison show on 89.3 KPCC will feature an interview with Rosario Dawson, the actress who in 2004 co-founded Voto Latino, a non-partisan voter outreach organization that targets young Latinos, in particular those who are U.

The ten (or eleven) political races in which the Latino vote may count the most

Because everyone loves a good list, here's an interesting one that the San Francisco Chronicle posted today on its politics blog: The 10 political races in which the Latino vote will be decisive this Nov.

In the news this morning: Muslim legislator targeted, the weight of the Latino vote, Whitman's new Spanish-language ad, more

Tea Party official points to Rep. Keith Ellison's worship of Islam as reason to vote against him - New York Daily News A Tea Party Nation leader has sent out a letter targeting Rep.

Latinos enthusiastic about voting: A backlash?

Have recent media reports about weak voter motivation among Latinos and last week's infamous "don't vote" ads - unaired television ads from a GOP-afiliated group telling Latinos not to vote - had the unexpected effect of whipping up enthusiasm among the Latino electorate?

American snapshot: Lynwood

Tourists taking photos in the pedestrian zone of downtown Guanajuato? No, it's Plaza Mexico, the Mexican-themed, Korean-American-developed and owned shopping and entertainment complex in Lynwood, Calif.

Haven't heard of State Question 755? Here's why you should

The Atlantic's politics editor Marc Ambinder wrote yesterday about an as-of-yet obscure "anti-Sharia law" initiative that has made it onto the Oklahoma state ballot, and how if it performs well with voters, we might see a series of similar initiatives used as a cultural wedge issue in other states.

In the news this morning: The midterms approach with immigration politics, the Sanchez-Tran race, GOP Latinos, more

Immigration and the Midterm Elections - Council on Foreign Relations A backgrounder on the relationship between immigration and politics as the election nears.

What we talk about when we talk about profiling people in airports

Most of the reader comments that have flooded news sites since NPR's dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams last week, following a remark he made about Muslims during an appearance on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," have been either about his comment or the network's decision to fire him.

Quote of the moment: Obama on immigration reform and the DREAM Act

"I am still holding out to see if we can get the DREAM Act passed and AgJOBS passed as part of a broader package so we allow ten to twelve million out there who are living in the shadows to come out and not live in fear.

In the news this morning: Obama on the 'Piolín' show, an 'anti-jihad' industry, veterans facing deportation, more

Obama: Fate of immigration reform hinges on election - The Hill Some highlights of President Obama's in-studio interview with L.A.'s "Piolín por la Mañana" host Eddie Sotelo. The interview was taped Friday and aired this morning.

Poll: Majority of CA voters say immigrants working here illegally should be able to stay

A story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times reported the results of a new LAT/University of Southern California poll that found most California voters to hold a positive view of immigrants, as well as a lenient attitude toward those here illegally.

Quotes of the moment: Muslims on NPR's Williams incident as a teachable moment

"We need to use this moment as a catalyst to open a national debate about the grievous misconceptions, fear and suspicion about Islam and Muslims. This discussion needs to be elevated to ethical discourse beyond biases and prejudices.