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

Online reaction to Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize win at once fascinating, unsettling

Among the most interesting aspects of the response to jailed Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize last week (aside from the Chinese government’s predicted angry reaction, President Obama’s call for his release, and sadly, the subsequent house-arrest detention of Liu’s wife) has been the heated exchanges online in recent days in reaction to the news, with a mix of immigrants and others chiming in with strong opinions about the award, communism, U.

American snapshot: Hawthorne

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In the news this morning: Immigrant advocates goes local, ICE fingerprint program, race in the 47th District, more

Immigration advocacy goes local - USATODAY.com With the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform waning, advocacy groups are focusing their efforts on local communities.

Q&A: A former labor watchdog on contractors, clients, and illegal hiring

The illegal hiring scandals that have landed both Meg Whitman and Lou Dobbs in hot water in the course of just over a week have placed a spotlight on the role of employers in illegal immigration, bringing up questions about how involved employers need to be in verifying workers' legal status, and whether it's even possible to avoid unauthorized workers in an economy that depends on low-wage help.

American snapshot: Alhambra

In keeping with yesterday's post, a commercial sign that hints at the ethnic mix in Alhambra, home now to a community news website published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. I've been encountering this sign during my commute north since starting here during the summer.

In the news this morning: A deportation mess, Dobbs vs. The Nation, Angle on Muslims, the Pennsylvania hate beating

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet - COLORLINES How a young Texan born in Bangladesh wound up deported after a quick trip to Mexico.

Ouch: "Perhaps Lou & Mage (sic) Whitman use the same staffing firm?"

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American snapshot: Christmas in Alhambra

Santa flies Old Glory outside a Latino household in the San Gabriel Valley majority minority city, whose population is about half Asian and a third Latino. Alhambra recently became home to a multilingual community news website in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

In the news this morning: Lou Dobbs' hiring practices, Meg Whitman's maid, record deportations and more

Report: Lou Dobbs Used Illegal Immigrant Labor - Political Hotsheet - CBS News The "what the..." story of the moment: CBS' take on The Nation's investigation (below) into Dobbs' hiring practices.

An Arizona-style initiative in California?

Shortly before Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration measure was signed into law last spring, I spoke with a few political experts about what sort of ripple effect it might have.

In the news this morning: Brewer and SB 1070, records deaths in AZ, CA governor's race and more

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slams 'foreign interference' in immigration lawsuit - POLITICO.com Gov. Brewer has asked a federal court not to allow foreign governments to join the U.S. Justice Department’s suit to overturn the law.

To taco truck or not to taco truck? Tonight, a forum on the food truck scene

Did you know that yesterday was National Taco Day? Yeah, well, I didn't either.

Pew voter survey: Two-thirds of Latino voters plan to support Democrats

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center indicates significantly stronger support for Democratic candidates among Latino voters this year, though voter motivation is weak overall, and conservative Latinos appear more motivated to go to the polls.

In the news this morning: Whitman recaps, criminal deportations, 200 Mexico photos, the Latino health paradox and more

After allegations, reconstructing Whitman's immigration stance | California Watch Just what has Meg Whitman said in the past regarding employers and illegal immigration?

Illegal hiring 101: IRCA, employer sanctions and the underground economy

The scandal that erupted last week over gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's nine-year employment of an undocumented housekeeper has thrown a spotlight on Americans' dependence on unauthorized labor, in the home and in the general economy.