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: Obama promises executive action, private lawyers take on child migrant cases, border agent charged, more

Speaking Thursday night to Latino members of Congress, President Obama insisted he'd take solo action on immigration by the end of the year. This and more.

An illegal pharmaceuticals crackdown prompts consumer warnings

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles are cracking down on black market pharmaceutical sales and warning consumers; they say immigrants are most at risk.

Federal grants help LA's child migrants get legal assistance

Recently arrived child migrants in the Los Angeles area will be among those to benefit from legal aid financed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In immigration news: Child migrants without legal counsel, Arizona driver's license appeal, Asian American GOP group, more

Many recently arrived child migrants having their cases heard in immigration court have no attorney; state and federal initiatives plan funds for more access. This and more.

Calif. to offer legal assistance for immigrant children

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will provide $3 million to nonprofits that offer free legal assistance to unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.

In immigration news: Legal help for migrant kids, high bar for asylum seekers, immigrants in the military, more

Legislation signed by Gov. Brown is to provide $3 million in funds for nonprofits to help provide legal counsel for minors in deportation. This and more.

Asian-American voters get grassroots attention

Asian-American community groups are making efforts to tap the voting potential of the nation's fastest-growing racial demographic.

Monrovia military contractor employees out of work after ICE audit

Employees of a Monrovia company that makes products for the U.S. military say they're out of jobs after a federal immigration audit. But such audits have dropped since last year.

In immigration news: Sanctuary movement, Asian Americans on affirmative action, new detention center, more

A growing number of churches are reviving what's called the Sanctuary Movement, with houses of worship opening their doors to immigrants facing deportation. This and more.

In immigration news: GOP voters on immigration, another family detention center, ISIS border campaign ads, more

A new poll has a majority of Republican and right-leaning voters saying that the GOP does not well represent their immigration views; a third say the party has been too lenient on legalization. This and more.

In immigration news: California DMV gears up for license demand, empty prisons and detention profits, anti-Muslim ads in NYC, more

The California DMV could hire as many as 1,000 new employees to meet demand as new driver's licenses for immigrants in the US illegally become available in January. This and more.

In immigration news: Children of immigrants speak out, California can move ahead on licenses, Afro-Latinos and the census, more

Homeland Security officials have tentatively signed off on a design for special California driver's licenses that will be available to immigrants in the US illegally. This and more.

In immigration news: Budget bill doesn't include courts, LA County cops stick with federal-local enforcement program, more

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. hopes to a renew a federal-local enforcement program that's used in relatively few counties these days. This and more.

County cops seek to renew federal-local immigration enforcement partnership

The federal government has scaled back the voluntary program known as 287(g) in recent years; LA County is one of two local counties still participating.

In immigration news: LA joins citizenship initiative, Border Patrol body cameras, an ISIS fact check, more

Los Angeles is participating in a “Cities for Citizenship" project, with $1.1 billion in funding from corporate partner Citigroup. This and more.