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

Refugee admissions resume — with even more vetting

The Trump administration is imposing new limits on refugees entering the U.S. — although resettlement agencies say vetting is already strict.

While travel ban on hold, heavy vetting cuts issued visas

Federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland this week blocked President Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban, but they did not suspend restrictions like tighter vetting.

Trump's 3rd travel ban blocked: A closer look at the Hawaii court order

Two federal judges temporarily restrained President Trump’s third attempt at restricting travel from mostly Muslim-majority nations. Here's a look at one of those court orders.

LA considers lifting criminal penalties for park vendors

As a plan to legalize street vending makes its way through City Hall, officials have proposed stop-gap regulations. This one would reduce the penalty to a civil citation.

How will Trump's immigration policy wish list impact SoCal?

The Trump administration wants a list of immigration enforcement measures tied to any legislation that would benefit young immigrants now protected under DACA.

How many people missed the DACA deadline?

Tens of thousands of young immigrants who were eligible to renew their protection from deportation appear to have missed the deadline.

Pro-immigration protesters shut down Los Angeles streets

Los Angeles police detained protesters who shut down an intersection on Thursday, the last day for young immigrants protected under the federal DACA program to renew their protection before the program ends.

DACA renewal deadline is today, and thousands may miss it

As of yesterday, federal officials said they had yet to receive applications from thousands of young immigrants eligible to renew their protection one last time.

Feds must receive DACA renewal forms by Thursday

Legal providers are working feverishly to help applicants file for renewal by Oct. 5.

Many arrested in latest immigration sweep aren't violent offenders

A nationwide sweep of "sanctuary" cities led to the arrest of about 500 immigrants. More than 300 had criminal convictions but only a few were violent offenders.

DACA recipients eligible to renew have one week left

With time running out before a deadline for thousands of DACA recipients to renew their status, questions remain whether everyone eligible has gotten the message.

Quake donations of used clothes can't go to Mexico

Mexican officials say used clothes and shoes won't make it through customs at the border. But blankets, tents, and personal hygiene products are in demand.

Are Trump's latest travel restrictions a Muslim ban?

With North Korea and Venezuela on the list impacted by the newly announced travel restrictions, the debate is on again whether the rules constitute a Muslim ban.

Trump replaces travel ban with new restrictions

The president issued new travel regulations that ban or restrict people from certain countries from entering the U.S. for 180 days.

Donors, state put up funds so DACA recipients can pay renewal fees

Private donors and the state have set aside funds to help young unauthorized immigrants cover the $495 fee before an Oct. 5 deadline.