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

Trump calls for 'bill of love' allowing DACA recipients to remain

President Trump told a bipartisan group of lawmakers that he wants a bill to allow young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally to remain, saying such a measure should be "a bipartisan bill of love," and that "we can do it."

Salvadorans temporarily in US await their fate

The Trump administration is expected to soon announce whether it will revoke temporary permission for more than 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants to live in the U.S.

DACA job permits will begin expiring soon

Many young immigrants could lose the jobs they currently have and be forced into lower paying work.

How the new sanctuary state law will affect local law enforcement

The law takes effect Jan. 1 and restricts how local police can cooperate with federal immigration agents. Some agencies will see few changes.

National Pfeffernusse Day? The story of a holiday cookie

The small, round, spice-laden cookie is popular in Germany and parts of northern Europe. It's believed to have hitched a ride across the Atlantic with 17th century German immigrants.

California toughens stance, says employers must protect workers from wildfire smoke

Last week KPCC reported on an earlier advisory that said employers need only "consider" taking steps to protect farmworkers exposed to smoke from the Thomas fire.

Court gives detained Cambodians temporary reprieve from deportation

A federal judge in L.A. temporarily blocks the deportation of Cambodian immigrants recently detained by immigration. They are under deportation orders for past crimes.

SoCal service agencies cut back as refugee numbers dwindle

As the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. drops during President Trump's administration, some service agencies have suspended their resettlement programs.

Farm worker in wildfire conditions: 'It was full of smoke'

Some growers took steps to protect farm workers during the Thomas Fire, but others were slower to do so. One congresswoman calls for tougher regulations during wildfires.

Unprotected farm workers toiled in fields during Thomas Fire

Advocates for the field hands say the employees worked in smoky conditions without protective masks, which are not explicitly required under state labor safety rules.

What the Supreme Court travel ban decision means for SoCal

President Trump’s revised travel ban goes forward for now, as legal challenges continue.

As DACA fight heats up, young LGBT immigrants voice deportation fears

Some say they fear it could be a "death sentence" for young LGBT immigrants if they are sent back to countries where discrimination is widespread.

Newsom holds slight lead in governor's race poll

A newly released statewide voter survey shows Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa rank as the top two candidates for governor ahead of the June primary.

LA nonprofits getting public-private funds to defend immigrants

Legal service providers will receive money from a controversial immigrant defense fund set up with contributions from local government and foundations.

A looming showdown over DACA in Congress?

The fate of almost 800,000 young immigrants under the DACA program remains unresolved. Now, the debate could tie up a spending bill needed to run the government.