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

DREAM Act 101: The basics of the bill

Since Tuesday, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he would attach the DREAM Act to a defense bill and move it toward a vote next week, the proposed legislation has been perhaps the biggest story involving the children of immigrants - in particular, young 1.

'Liberty for All' online comic strip makes rounds as DREAM Act moves toward vote

An online comic strip about an undocumented college graduate named Libertad, nicknamed Liberty, has achieved unexpected notoriety in recent weeks, with art from the comic circulated on Facebook and on fliers distributed by supporters of the DREAM Act.

In the news today: The DREAM Act, the detention industry, Muslim in America, L.A.'s Maya community and more

News Analysis - Immigration Path for Students Pushed in Senate - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)

DREAM Act supporters staging full-court press for upcoming vote

A dozen or so young DREAM Act supporters sat in a cramped room in the Westlake district this afternoon, using every available phone line as they scrolled down lists of phone numbers for U.

'The Fence,' a documentary, airs tonight

Trailer

Hispanic Heritage Month: A time to be marketed to, or something more?

Now that it's officially Hispanic Heritage Month as of yesterday, it's time to explain just what HHM is and where it comes from, along with all the very mixed feelings that come with it.

In the news this morning: Mexico's 200th, DREAM Act, 14th Amendment and more

YouTube - Raw Video: Mexico Celebrates Bicentennial (youtube.com)

El Universal's top 10 'most Mexican' songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0jNkSk9tHw&feature=player_embedded

The DREAM Act, through the back door

The less-known military component of the DREAM Act is proving to be its saving grace this week: Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced that next week he will offer the legislation as an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill, pushing the long-proposed immigration legislation toward a Senate vote.

And in honor of the bicentennial...

The culture blog Remezcla has had a series of "especial bicentenario" (bicentennial special) posts the past week honoring some of the quirkier aspects of Mexican culture, especially those unique terms that I find even funner than Cuban terms, if that is possible.

On eve of Mexico's bicentennial: Even in a dark period, something to celebrate

Tonight marks the eve of Mexico's bicentennial, being celebrated with elaborate fanfare in Mexico City and throughout the country, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act moves toward vote, diplomat seeks asylum, Mexico on eve of its bicentennial, more

Democrats pivot on immigration - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)

A new county contract for Homeboy Industries

I couldn't let the day slip by without noting the good news today for Homeboy Industries. After having to lay off 300 workers in May, the gang-intervention program that got its start 22 years ago in Boyle Heights has received a $1.

Video: A long-forgotten chapter of illegal immigration

The University of Texas at Austin has been producing an excellent series of online videos called Border Views, which I discovered today thanks to the equally excellent Tejas-based website Latina Lista.

'Somos Muchos' car sticker campaign an interesting social experiment

When I first heard about a clever Toyota Latino-marketing sticker campaign last week, with free window stickers distributed to consumers that read "Somos Muchos (fill in the Latin American country or region), Somos Muchos Toyota," (Translation: We are many TK, we are many Toyota), I was no more impressed than I ever am with the usual Latino marketing campaign.