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

2 schools connect to break stereotypes, one kid at a time

An annual exchange program between a Jewish school and a Muslim school brings kids together to learn about their similarities.

In an increasingly multiracial US, identity is a fluid thing

A growing number of Americans are multiracial, born to parents with two or more racial backgrounds. How they identify depends on their life experience.

Compton might finally get a movie theater

The city has faced high unemployment for decades, but locals are encouraged by new investment, namely a 70,000 square foot development that includes a theater.

New guidelines for blood donors after Zika spread

The Red Cross has asked blood donors to hold off on giving blood if they've returned from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America within the past 28 days.

Need to renew your passport? Don't procrastinate

Federal officials are expecting a crush of renewal applications nearly a decade after tighter passport rules kicked in.

Eastsiders bid fond farewell to the 6th Street Bridge

For those who grew up near it, the iconic bridge that connects Boyle Heights to downtown was much more than an L.A. landmark.

Is Los Angeles an emerging hot sauce capital?

Louisiana's Tabasco sauce has ruled the hot sauce market for decades, but Mexican and Asian sauces are nipping at its heels. Two popular brands are made here in L.A. County.

Orange County gets to 'Meet a Muslim' at the mall

Standing in a mall with a sign is an unconventional way to meet people, but it works. The organizers of "Meet A Muslim" did so to help dispel negative stereotypes.

Orange County Muslim group is taking public outreach to the mall

At a "Meet a Muslim" event Saturday in Irvine, a group of volunteers hopes to help dispel negative stereotypes.

Advocates say language barrier slowing info to some Porter Ranch residents

The stricken neighborhood is home to a large Korean immigrant population. Some say multilingual outreach efforts are lacking, leaving non-English speakers in the dark about important issues.

Immigration raids prompting fear and rumors in SoCal

Local immigrant advocates are fielding calls with unconfirmed reports of arrests, but immigration officials say locally, it's just business as usual.

Grapes, black-eyed peas and soba on LA's New Year menu

In Southern California's diverse enclaves, people are ringing in 2016 with traditional feasts, some of which promise good luck for the coming year.

Churches may give migrants sanctuary from deportation

Federal officials have not confirmed reports that mass raids and deportations are coming, but some churches are already making contingency plans to house migrants.

Reports of deportation plans have migrants on edge

Federal officials have yet to confirm a broad deportation plan, but some Central American migrants with deportation orders fear they'll be sent back to violence in their home countries.

Muslim women reflect on whether or not to wear the hijab

Muslim women who wear hijab, the traditional headscarf, have been on edge since the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino.