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

Federal memo is latest big immigration story

Back from Phoenix, to a new story out of Washington that’s generating a buzz: A leaked internal memo from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, whose contents Republican critics are saying suggest a “backdoor amnesty.

A day after the pared-down SB 1070 takes effect, questions linger

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Next up, the Arizona law's supporters

Missing conspicuously from Thursday's Phoenix protests against SB 1070 were counter-protesters. Since the Arizona measure was signed into law in April, its supporters have staged rallies and attempted to counter a nationwide boycott of Arizona by SB 1070 opponents with a "buycott" campaign, urging people to travel to the state and spend money.

From the notebook, quotes that summed up the day

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American snapshot: Phoenix

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Rounding out the day in Phoenix

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Protesters, cops clash at county booking jail

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Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility

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Tension and a heavy police presence as protesters shout 'Arrest Arpaio'

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Wearing his message on his shirt

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More Phoenix protests, and a few arrests

Anti-SB 1070 protesters have gathered at different locations throughout downtown Phoenix, with some marching on to the state Capitol following a morning prayer service, while others stage a protest across the street from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

'I want to support these people'

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Anti-SB 1070 march gets underway

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Waiting to march

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A college graduate hopes to legalize

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