September 28, 2016 Last Updated 3:10 pm

Los Angeles magazine dedicates entire October issue to one topic: Immigration

‘We discuss what the city would be like without the contribution of immigrants. We also outline the immigrant experience from start to finish, from how to become an American citizen (it’s complicated) to what it’s like to be deported.’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – September 28, 2016 — In October, for the first time in its history, Los Angeles magazine devotes an entire issue, from the masthead to the dining guide to the feature well, to a single topic: Immigration.

Why do this now?

  • Because L.A. has more immigrants than any other city in America.
  • Because immigration makes our city – and our nation – what it is.
  • Because with the upcoming Presidential election, people’s feelings about immigration, perhaps more than any other topic, will be key to deciding who will occupy the Oval Office in January 2017.

Los Angeles editor-in-chief, Mary Melton, tells readers in her opening column:

lamag-oct16“In this issue, we discuss what the city would be like without the contribution of immigrants. We also outline the immigrant experience from start to finish, from how to become an American citizen (it’s complicated) to what it’s like to be deported. In between, we offer insights into the effect immigrants have had on California’s politics and economy; we ask JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS, a journalist born in the Philippines who has encouraged undocumented immigrants like himself to go public about their status, to edit a section; we invite novelists like POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR (born in Iran) and ALEX ESPINOZA (born in Mexico) and VIET THANH NGUYEN (born in Vietnam, and this year’s recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) to show us Los Angeles through their eyes; we explore the city’s great ethnic enclaves; we send contributing writer JESSE KATZ to work at Grand Central Market and delve into the layers of immigration and gentrification that have transformed the belly of downtown; we talk to a young Latino supporter of Trump; we turn our monthly Dining Out section into a guide to L.A.’s best global cuisines, from taquerías to trattorias; and we tie the entire issue together with the work of a single photographer, DAMON CASAREZ, a fourth-generation Angeleno of Mexican descent (and former Los Angeles magazine intern), who spent the better part of a month documenting subjects from the San Gabriel Valley and Venice Beach to Koreatown and the border.”

The big story here is that the magazine’s editors reworked the entire 170-page issue to see every section anew through the lens of immigration. Where to eat and shop, what to do this month, and how to master one of the most complex and divisive topics of our time – all that can be found in Los Angeles magazine’s October issue. It’s timely, relevant, significant, and on newsstands now.

And as a companion to the issue, Los Angeles magazine has teamed with the newly re-launched #EmergingUS to create a video called, “What Would L.A. Be Like Without Immigrants?” Take a look: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesmag/videos/10154373922471014/

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