Leslie Berestein Rojas, Immigration Reporter

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Southern California is home to many new immigrants — about a third of L.A. County residents are foreign born. Here, immigrants are creating an evolving definition of "American." It's this evolving America that I explore, telling stories that help us all deepen our understanding of how immigrants and their families are changing the region, and how L.A. changes them.

I've been reporting on immigrants and immigration for more than 15 years. Before coming to KPCC/LAist, I reported on immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune, where I followed migrant trails along the desert and told the stories of those who disappeared along the way. I've also reported for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. My reporting has taken me to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Telling immigrants' stories is a personal thing, by the way: I was born in Cuba, and raised on the Eastside of L.A.

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