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

C'mon, she's just a kid!

This morning I linked to a story about Dora the Explorer that appeared in this weekend's Los Angeles Times, tracing the Nickelodeon cartoon character's existence from initial conception (as a cartoon rabbit, of all things) to a lucrative mega-franchise a decade after the show's television debut.

What's in a name: Oaxacalifornia

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

In the news this morning

Good morning. Here are a few of the top immigration stories from the weekend and for today.

And in case you missed it: The OGs talk books with Huizar

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

Because it's Friday: Chico's Angels

http://www.vimeo.com/13898198

Short film: 'Borderland'

http://vimeo.com/9696215

In the news this morning

Good morning. There are several interesting stories out there today, including some locally:

American snapshot: Monterey Park

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

The year of the ethnic reality TV series

Photo courtesy of Levi's

On the Patt Morrison show: the debate over the 14th Amendment

Starting at 1 p.m., 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison will discuss the growing political debate over the 14th Amendment as more GOP leaders join a movement to curb birthright citizenship, with the goal of denying citizenship to U.

In the news this morning

With Arizona and SB 1070 mostly off the radar for now, there's a little more variety this week in immigration-related news, and the debate over the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship is at the top of the list.

Emotional rally ends DREAM Act hunger strike

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MALDEF staying neutral on Kagan confirmation

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Picketers target Meg Whitman's East L.A. campaign office

Photo by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

DREAM Act hunger strikers decide to quit

The students who began a hunger strike two weeks ago today outside California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office in Westwood have announced plans to end their strike with a vigil there tonight.