Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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Leslie Berestein Rojas is KPCC's Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter.

An award-winning journalist with several years’ experience reporting on immigration issues, Berestein Rojas most recently covered immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has retraced the steps of migrants along desert smuggling trails, investigated immigrant detention contractors, and told the stories of families left behind in Mexico’s migrant-sending towns.

A native of Cuba raised in Los Angeles, Leslie has also written for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. She has reported from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.


Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

In the news, this afternoon: Some U.S. Muslims hopeful after bin Laden's death, L.A. immigration march, Secure Communities and states, more

U.S. Muslims hope for better days after bin Laden - Reuters Some are hopeful that Osama bin Laden's death yesterday in Pakistan at the hands of the U.S. will help cast off a stigma attached to their community since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Five ways in which Osama bin Laden changed the immigration landscape

The direct and indirect repercussions that the late Osama bin Laden's actions in masterminding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 have had on the agencies, policies and attitudes affecting immigrants in the United States are far too many to mention in a short list.

Secrets of the Latin American supermarket: Part 2

A post yesterday took readers on the first part of a tour of the Superior Grocers warehouse store in Bell, one of many large supermarkets throughout Southern California stocking the foodstuffs and other items Latino shoppers seek.

Home, sort of: A 'Mexican gringo' in Mexico City

Among the many writers appearing this weekend on panels at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held this year at USC, is one whose book I've been particularly enjoying lately.

Five years after the 'Great American Boycott,' what's changed?

Sunday marks five years since the massive immigration reform marches of May 1, 2006. It was that year, amid a wave of activism, that May 1 first became closely associated with immigration rallies.

In the news this morning: Secure Communities under scrutiny, the other L.A. book festival this weekend, remembering the 1992 riots, more

Immigrants' fingerprinting program under scrutiny - Associated Press California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is pushing for an investigation into whether Homeland Security employees lied to the public, local governments and Congress about the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.

Secrets of the Latin American supermarket

Last week, Multi-American kicked off a series of informal guides to the ethnic supermarket, the mega-bodegas of all flavors that have become part of the regional landscape as Southern California’s immigrant enclaves have grown and evolved.

American snapshot: Chinatown

Almond cookies, tres leches cake y café under one roof at a multilingual bakery on Cesar Chavez Boulevard, at the southern edge of Chinatown.

The odd journey of the 'Smuggle Truck,' from border to zoo

It has been a long, strange trip for "Smuggle Truck," the proposed human smuggling-themed game featuring a truck full of smuggled migrants bouncing through the wilderness, with the goal of players to keep the human cargo from being thrown off.

In the news this morning: More grim discoveries in Tamaulipas, Apple rejects immigration-themed game, 'birther' Donald Trump, more

Body count from Mexican mass graves nears 300 - Reuters The search for victims in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas continues. Many of the dead are believed to be migrant workers who refused to cooperate with drug smugglers.

Immigration, foreignness and the 'birther' debate

In John F. Kennedy's day, it was the anti-Catholics who dogged the Irish American presidential candidate, raising fears that having a Catholic descendant of immigrants in the White House could mean a United States under the influence of the Vatican and a compromise of the firewall between church and state.

Mixed name, mixed child: A biracial father reflects upon naming his newborn

A few posts in the past weeks have discussed interracial relationships, drawing several comments from readers who shared their thoughts and personal stories.

Latino, Asian voters still lag in turnout in spite of numbers

A report released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center on the Latino electorate in 2010 led to very different headlines as news outlets reported the results, and for good reason.

In the news this morning: Student deportations under review, SB 1070 anniversary, Obama's long-form birth certificate released, more

Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review - New York Times Pressure has been on the Obama administration to offer protection from deportation to undocumented college students who might have been eligible for legal status under the Dream Act.

For children of immigrants, can family trump opportunity?

An intriguing post on the Being Latino website today points out, if unscientifically, the tug-of-war between family and career that pulls at some young Latinos - and which I suspect pulls at other children of immigrants, too.