Leslie Berestein Rojas

Editor, Diverse Communities

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Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.

She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.

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In immigration news: Executive action details, GOP backlash, a 'disproportionate' effect in California, more

It's expected that President Obama's executive action plan will offer relief from deportation to certain groups of immigrants, such as the parents of U.S. citizens. This and more.

In immigration news: Obama announcement expected Thursday, border security, more

President Obama is now expected to announce his much-anticipated executive action on immigration Thursday. This and more.

California sees decline in immigrants in US illegally, Pew says

The Pew Research Center finds the total number of immigrants here in the U.S. unlawfully is unchanged, but East Coast states are seeing gains while border states like California have seen declines.

In immigration news: Preparations for executive action, a looming political battle, legal providers brace themselves, more

It's still not clear just what President Obama will announce on immigration, but politicians, legal providers, and many others are getting ready. This and more.

Legal service providers brace for an Obama immigration plan

Pro-bono legal providers who handle immigration cases are bracing themselves for the workload if President Obama extends protection from deportation to more immigrants.

In immigration news: Executive action, legislative blowback, planned GOP border bill, CA driver's licenses, more

As the Obama administration prepares to announce plans for executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are considering ways to block it. This and more.

Vote on Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza development postponed

The MTA board delayed a decision until February, allowing more time for public input on plans to construct 120,000 square feet of retail and medical office space.

In immigration news: The coming executive action war, another blow for SB 1070, how relatives' status affects Latino health coverage, more

As President Obama contemplates taking executive action on immigration, GOP leaders are preparing for a fight. This and more.

Big development planned for Boyle Heights' Mariachi Plaza

The iconic plaza, long home to musicians seeking work, could be transformed if the MTA Board approves plans for new retail and office construction surrounding it.

In immigration news: GOP leaders warn Obama on executive action, Latino and Asian voters in the midterms, more

House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders are warning President Obama of consequences if Obama takes solo action on immigration. This and more.

OC Republican victories impact Democratic supermajority

Election wins by candidates Janet Nguyen and Young Kim reverberate in the state Capitol, and may mark a shift in the GOP's relationship with Asian-Americans.

In immigration news: Latinos and the midterm vote, US doesn't lead in percentage of immigrants, more

There's been much speculation about more Latinos sitting out Election Day because they're disappointed in President Obama's immigration record. Will they? This and more.

In immigration news: An 'amnesty' fact check, Latino and Asian American voters, immigration in a GOP Senate, more

Has President Obama promised 'amnesty' after the election to 11 million immigrants without legal status? No, he hasn't. This and more.

Asian-American voter engagement on the upswing in California

A new report suggests civic engagement among the nation's fastest growing racial group, Asian-Americans, is steadily improving.

In immigration news: Dems' Latino support slips, activists push executive action, tapping Asian American voters, more

A new poll shows Latino voters disappointed over President Obama's handling of immigration. This and more.