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

Two-thirds of San Gabriel Valley's Asian-Americans are immigrants

About 67 percent of the more than half a million Asians who call the San Gabriel Valley home are foreign-born, according to a new report.

Senate rejects bipartisan immigration plan and Trump's, too

Hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants are still in limbo after politicians defeated four separate proposals, proving how hard it is to strike a deal on this issue.

Arrests of immigrants with no criminal record rise in LA region

Since President Trump lifted Obama-era policies that kept immigration agents focused on criminals, local arrests of immigrants with no criminal history have spiked.

Family immigration cuts in Senate plan stir controversy

The U.S. Senate is debating immigration changes, including the idea of preventing U.S. citizens from sponsoring their parents for legal immigration.

Can immigrants sponsor 'unlimited numbers of distant relatives?'

President Trump's suggestion that immigrants can sponsor unlimited numbers of family members brought a sharp response from Judy Chu, a Los Angeles congresswoman.

As LA weighs legal street vending, state bill aims to move ahead

A state bill aims to decriminalize street vending, as Los Angeles did last year. But the legislation also pushes local governments to license vendors.

Immigrants losing deportation protection have few options

Immigrant service agencies in Southern California are hurrying to screen those who will lose their temporary permission to live and work legally in the U.S.

Syrian immigrants can renew deportation protection — for now

The Trump administration is allowing about 7,000 Syrian immigrants temporarily renew their ability to live in the U.S. legally, but it is unclear what happens next.

Watch Trump's 1st State of the Union: 'This is our new American moment'

President Trump acknowledged the disasters that have affected American states and territories since his inauguration before pivoting to tout economic and unemployment numbers. Watch the speech and read the transcript, with context and analysis from NPR journalists.

Both sides blast Trump plan to cut family-tied immigration

President Trump proposed allowing DACA recipients reach citizenship while dramatically reducing family-based legal immigration. The proposal may not get far.

What to know about California's Real IDs

The state DMV begins issuing Real ID driver's licenses and ID cards today. These will be required to board a domestic flight starting in 2020.

Rush is on to submit DACA renewals as clock ticks away

Seeing a window open, young unauthorized immigrants whose protections are about to expire are lining up for legal help to fill out renewal applications.

LA officials approve pro-immigrant measures

Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved four new proposals supporting immigrants, aiming to counter Trump immigration policies.

Immigrant advocates gather at Koreatown 7-Eleven to protest raids

About 50 advocates rallied outside a 7-Eleven store in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood Tuesday to protest recent immigration enforcement sweeps at the convenience stores nationwide.

DACA renewal applicants urged to get ready fast

Officials have yet to issue new guidance on DACA following a court order allowing renewals for the program. But legal providers say those eligible should get ready.