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

In the news this morning: No Quran burning, a calm fourth night in Westlake, Eid holiday tomorrow, and more

Essayist: Before Burning Quran, Know What's In It : NPR (NPR)

Immigrant poet captures 'The Art of Exile'

http://vimeo.com/14816331

The two big updates of the afternoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do1AJghk35I&feature=player_embedded

And now that 'Los Doyers' is trademarked...

Yesterday I posted on the trademarking of "Los Doyers," the Dodgers nickname resulting from the team's name being mispronounced in Spanish. Now, LA Observed reports that a website that sold "Los Doyers" merchandise prior to the trademark was recently asked to stop selling it.

Westlake unrest dubbed 'LA Machete Riots' by immigration restriction group

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I16020r--oM

In the news this morning: Trafficked farmworkers, arrests in Mexico migrant slayings, 37 held in drop house, and more

Thai farmworkers describe being lured into slavery in U.S. - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)

Go Doyers!

Now for a story that I absolutely freaking love: The trademarking of "Los Doyers" (as in the accented Spanish mispronunciation of "Dodgers") by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team trademarked "Los Doyers," by now a nickname so common that it's mispronounced on purpose, last month.

Social Security, bolstered by unauthorized workers

It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy.

In the news this morning: Immigration in the kitchen, an 'anchor baby' speaks out, anti-Muslim hate crimes and more

Immigration Debate Steps Into the Kitchen - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)

Raw video captures part of Westlake melee over slain immigrant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNEY0PCMEIk

American snapshot: Westminster

A good post-holiday morning to all.

Quote of the moment: A top DHS official on illegal immigration and the labor market

"Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."

In the news this morning: Eid festivities, human smuggling by sea, and more

Muslims toning down Eid festivities in honor of Sept. 11 (The Washington Post)

American snapshot: San Marino

??A happy Labor Day to all who keep this country, its industries, and its homes running.

Because it's Friday: 'Machete'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I16020r--oM&feature=related