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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
Cambodian immigrants have long struggled with an educational achievement gap, but this is changing as the second generation comes of age.
President Obama scrapped the Secure Communities program and vowed to replace it with something better, but immigration advocates say the details are scarce.
In immigration news: High-skilled worker visa debate, war criminals in the US, 'sanctuary cities,' more
A recent case in Florida highlights how suspected foreign war criminals have sought shelter in the US over the years. This and more.
In immigration news: White House pushes court on executive action, LA cop arrested at border, tech diversity, more
If the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a Texas judge's order blocking executive action, the immigration plan could move forward sooner. This and more.
In immigration news: Feds ask court to lift block on executive action, evolution of Mexican migration, DACA recipients arrested, more
The federal government has asked an appeals court to allow President Obama's executive immigration order to move forward. This and more.
In immigration news: LA foreign 'student' scam, GOP immigrant tax fight, migrants maimed by train protest, more
Federal officials say operators of four LA-area trade schools took in as much as $6 million a year, enrolling foreign 'students' who did not attend. This and more.
Defendants allegedly let foreign 'students' enroll for a fee, in exchange for student visa documents that would let them stay in the United States.
Cops who investigate so-called 'birthing houses' say it's typical for operators to use rental properties.
In immigration news: Less federal-local cooperation, bill aims to stop immigrant tax benefits, teen border guides held, more
Immigration officials say limits set by state and local governments on who cops can hold for deportation are creating problems for federal officers. This and more.
In immigration news: Executive action remains on hold, ICE arrests, smaller 'border surge' expected this year, more
The block on President Obama's executive immigration plan is to remain in place at least 10 more days, according to a federal judge's decision. This and more.
In immigration news: No reform prospects, 'venue shopping' in immigration lawsuit, camera in border bathroom, more
Even after battling over Homeland Security funding, lawmakers don't seem eager to take on immigration reform at the moment. This and more.
The case of Skid Row shooting subject Charly Leundeu Keunang shows there are exceptions, where the U.S. must keep immigrants guilty of serious crimes.
The operations cater to foreign, pregnant women who want to deliver their babies in the U.S. to gain citizenship, police say.
In immigration news: DHS gets funding, ICE had tried to deport man shot in Skid Row, executive action deportation fears, more
Questions over the nationality of a homeless man recently shot by police in Los Angeles' Skid Row prevented US officials from deporting him in 2013. This and more.
Immigration officials say the man shot and killed by police on Skid Row was a Cameroon national who had been ordered deported.