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.

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In the news this morning: Colbert in Congress, Sanchez on the hot seat in OC, the DREAM Act revisited and more

Fresh off farm gig, comedian Colbert testifies in House hearing - CNN.com

American snapshot: Bell Gardens

Multi-American

Quote of the moment: A blogger on the DREAM Act and outsourcing

"It doesn't make sense that in this country we have DREAM Act students now graduating from colleges, some with honors, who not only can't work but must sit on the sidelines and watch workers imported from other countries to do the work they can and should be doing.

In Bell, a recipe for exploitation?

How much of a role did the city of Bell's ethnic and economic makeup have to do with the corruption scandal that landed eight city officials in jail yesterday? Plenty, if you ask those who live there.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act vote post-mortem, a kidnapped migrant boy, a costly Quran-burning stunt and more

Passion and Politics on Immigration Act - NYTimes.com

Next step on DREAM Act: A stand-alone bill, supporters say

Today’s Senate vote blocking a defense bill that included the DREAM Act – proposed legislation that would create a path to legal status for undocumented youths who go to college or join the military – is being seen as a temporary hurdle by the bill’s supporters, some of whom rallied this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles following the vote.

No to the DREAM Act, at least for now

The U.S. Senate has voted 56-43 against taking up a defense bill with an amendment that would have included the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or enlist in the military.

Waiting for a DREAM Act vote

Students at a makeshift calling center at the UCLA Labor Center in the Westlake district of Los Angeles watch C-SPAN 2 in anticipation of a U.S. Senate vote on the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or join the military.

Video: A DREAM Act rally in Los Angeles

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In the news this morning: The DREAM Act comes up for a vote, more

Senate Poised for DREAM Act Showdown Today - COLORLINES

L.A. in color: The ethnicity map

Perhaps the most interesting thing I've seen all day: A color-coded map of the Los Angeles area based on race and ethnicity, which has been making the rounds all day on Twitter and via several local blogs (and now, finally, this one).

A month of daily dispatches from Tacolandia

Thirty taco trucks in thirty days? Bring it on.

Quote of the moment: An aspiring soldier without papers

"A Navy recruiter came to my high school, and I told him about my status. I told him that I was his next Navy SEAL (the best of the best). He chuckled, and I did, too. I told him I didn't have a Social Security number and asked if that would be a problem.

DREAM Act campaign heats up before vote tomorrow

With a day to go before a Senate vote on the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow a path to legal status for undocumented youths who go to college or join the military, student groups and other supporters are pulling out all the stops in their campaign to secure votes.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act vote on the way, Colin Powell on immigration, the Arizona appeal, Chuseok and more

US Senate scheduled to vote on DREAM Act Tuesday | 89.3 KPCC