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

Q&A: UCLA's Kent Wong on Meg Whitman and the unavoidable underground economy

The scandal that has erupted around Meg Whitman’s ex-housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan, who yesterday announced in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that she had worked illegally for Whitman for nine years, threatens to derail the GOP gubernatorial candidate’s campaign.

In the news this morning: Meg Whitman's undocumented housekeeper, Fox's Murdoch on immigration and more

Whitman bid rocked by maid's immigration status | 89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)

A search for "The Corrido of L.A."

Move over, Randy Newman. Los Angeles may soon have an additional theme song, and it's a corrido.

American snapshot: San Diego

Multi-American

Latest drama in the governor's race: The undocumented ex-housekeeper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3k-ofBB4Y

Q&A: Disney intern Noor Abdallah on hijab and work

The Muslim intern who fought Disney over her hijab, and won, is a second-generation University of Illinois senior, a psychology major and a native of the Chicago suburbs who “grew up on Disney movies.

In the news this morning: Whitman's Latina housekeeper, La Llorona at Universal Studios, Secure Communities, more

Meg Whitman's Former Housekeeper Will Allege She 'Suffered' As A Household Employee - The Note (Political Punch)

Quote of the moment: Jamiel Shaw's aunt on Colbert immigration testimony

"Would it be comical if your daughter or your son or your niece or nephew was lying in the street dead, shot in the head, by someone living in this country illegally?"

A Disney intern's uniform, with hijab

A Disney intern who did battle with the company over her traditional Islamic religious head scarf, known as hijab, is at work in the job she was hired to do, and in a uniform adapted for her.

In the news this morning: Visa difficulties, Colbert's immigration testimony, Disney's hijab uniform, disaster in Oaxaca, more

Immigration has grown more complicated - USATODAY.com (USA Today)

DREAM Act supporters are back at it after bill is reintroduced

After the failure last week of a Senate bill carrying the DREAM Act to gain sufficient votes for cloture, supporters of the long-running proposed legislation have been granted what they wished for, more or less: a stand-alone bill.

Disney employee allowed to wear hijab, may set precedent for others

A decision by Disney to allow a female Muslim intern to wear a traditional religious head scarf, or hijab, at work could set a precedent for other Disney employees who make an argument to wear the head scarves as part of their work uniform.

In the news this morning: Disney and head scarves, water for lost migrants, a Muslim superhero, DREAM Act and more

Disneyland allows park worker to wear religious scarf at work | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Quote of the moment: Loretta Sanchez vs. "Los Vietnameses"

“Los Vietnameses y los Republicanos están con una intensidad de quitar este puesto, este puesto que ya nosotros hemos hecho tanto para nuestra comunidad, quitarnos este puesto y darselo a este Van Tran, que es muy anti-inmigrante y muy anti-Hispano.

Mr. Colbert goes to Washington (and testifies on immigration)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t39uqg6e4so&feature=player_embedded