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

Proposed state law would help LA enforce new minimum wage

The bill would make it harder for employers to dodge paying back pay to workers who win a wage-theft case. It still must get approval from the state Assembly.

LA resumes debate on legalized street vending

A city-sponsored public hearing brought out street vendors and those who oppose the idea of legalizing the industry in Los Angeles.

For local immigrants, water conservation comes easy

Some grew up with drought, others with an unreliable water supply, in countries where water consumption is much lower than in the U.S.

Spouses of high-skilled visa holders can apply for jobs

Until now, spouses of foreign workers who hold an H1B visa could not work in the US. A new rule allows many to apply for work permits.

Salvadorans will celebrate Romero's step toward sainthood

The late Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be beatified by the Catholic Church on Saturday. Locals have planned festivities to mark the occasion.

Ryu's City Council win shows growing clout of Asian American voters in LA

David Ryu is the first-ever Korean American City councilmember and its first Asian American representative in 2 decades.

Different definitions of diversity as City Hall runoff election nears

On Tuesday, voters will choose the final member of LA's city council. The winner will be either an Asian American or a woman - both rarities on the council.

LA supervisors drop controversial immigration program

Since 2005, the federal-local partnership known as "287(g)" has allowed sheriff's deputies to act as federal agents when they interrogate inmates in LA County jails.

LA County Supervisors rescind controversial immigration program

Since 2005, the program known as 287(g) has allowed trained sheriff's deputies to act as immigration agents in county jails.

Nepal earthquake still being felt strongly in Artesia

Artesia, which has a strong South Asian presence, has launched its own relief efforts. City council members will consider directing city funds to a donation pool.

Community groups take conservation message to immigrant enclaves

Groups that serve diverse immigrant groups are part of a DWP grant program that does outreach on water conservation.

A new Little Saigon emerges as food, cultural scene evolves

Second-generation Vietnamese-Americans are bringing new flavor to Orange County community.

Huge Los Angeles march commemorates Armenian genocide

Throngs have joined Friday's six-mile walk from the Little Armenia neighborhood to the Turkish Consulate, carrying flags and signs.

New housing development near Mariachi Plaza worries locals

Boyle Heights residents halted the MTA's plan to develop the historic plaza, but an apartment building slipped under their radar, and will soon break ground nearby.

Spanish language 'Sábado Gigante' ends 53-year run, LA fans react

The Spanish-language program created by its Chilean-born host, Don Francisco, has been Univision's most popular show. View some of the show's best clips here.