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

New restrictions expected to hit US visa waiver program

The program allows travelers from 38 countries to visit the US without a visa. But after the Paris attacks, officials are looking to add new screenings.

How refugees are resettled in the United States

The process can take a couple of years as refugees are screened, vetted, then resettled in a community that's considered a good match.

Non-tenured faculty at USC file petition to unionize

About 500 of the faculty members say they need better pay. They point to a national trend, as part-timers and non-tenured faculty outnumber tenured professors.

Campus protests sparked by national conversation around race

The recent wave of student protests began at the University of Missouri. But students at Occidental and Claremont McKenna say they were organized long before that.

Occidental College president says he won't resign

Students have been camped out in the administrative building, demanding that administrators make the college more inclusive and that the president leave his post.

2nd generation Latinos embrace Spanish and bring the kids

Some children of immigrants are brushing up on their own Spanish skills, as they work to pass along family culture through language

Oxy College students occupy admin building in diversity protest

Students at Eagle Rock's Occidental College are protesting what they see as unfair treatment of minorities on campus.

LA immigrants react to court ruling against Obama immigration plan

The plan would give temporary legal status to millions. Los Angeles immigrants and their advocates are now pinning their hopes on the United States Supreme Court.

County supervisors to consider a push for arts diversity

County board votes to create a task force that would study how to make local arts institutions better reflect the region's ethnic mix

LA street vendors sue over seized carts, merchandise

The ACLU and other legal groups say vendors' rights are being violated when private security guards and local police seize their property.

LA city panel weighs options for legalizing street vending

The city has resisted legalization for more than 20 years. Now, L.A.'s Economic Development Committee is examining ways a legal program might work.

3 ways the city of LA might legalize street vending

A new report outlines ways the city could legalize street vendors. It includes a plan to legalize the industry citywide or to create special districts for vendors.

Hurricane Patricia: Here's how you can help

Hurricane Patricia has become the strongest hurricane ever recorded for the eastern north Pacific Ocean and has the potential to do catastrophic damage. Here's how you can help.

Boyle Heights flood: Residents point to clogged storm drains

Neighbors on a street that flooded Monday say they need a better response from the city. Councilman Jose Huizar responded with a motion to step up street sweeps.

Feds find no wrongdoing in case of outsourced Edison workers

The Labor Department investigated how foreign workers were hired for SoCal Edison. It found that 2 of Edison's contractors did not violate the law.