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 morning: Obama and immigration reform in El Paso, SB 1070 could go to Supreme Court, Secure Communities, more

Immigration reform taking center stage in Texas - CNN President Obama is expected to give a speech on the need for comprehensive immigration reform today during his visit to El Paso.

Secrets of the Latin American supermarket, Part 3

Last month, 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 Muslim, or Muslim American?

In the United States, a generation of young Muslims has grown up in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 attacks, among them KPCC intern Yasmin Nouh. Part of the discussion she has been privy to during these years is how Muslims, whose patriotism has been under scrutiny since, should identify themselves: as American Muslims, or as Muslim Americans?

In the news this morning: Arizona's legal and fence plans, Chipotle under scrutiny, Muslim imams kicked off flight, more

Arizona's governor to reveal plans for immigration law - CNN Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne are announcing today what legal steps, if any, they're prepared to take following an injunction of the state's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law.

'Hispanic-flavored dishes' and other ethnic-inspired, um, treats

Cinco de Mayo has come and gone, but its effect on that peculiar cuisine known as "ethnic-inspired" continues. For a limited time only, at least.

'An unpardonable slander:' The controversy over the use of 'Geronimo' in bin Laden operation

Multi-American's sister blog DCentric has been posting updates on the controversy surrounding the use of the name "Geronimo" as code for the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden last weekend in Pakistan.

In the news this morning: More Secure Communities resistance, hurdles for national Latino museum, the California Dream Act, more

Officials Resist Federal ‘Secure Communities’ Program - New York Times A program central to the Obama administration's immigration enforcement strategy faces growing resistance from state governments and police.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and the Battle of Puebla, a little mole poblano

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is tied closely to Puebla, the Mexican state and its capital city of the same name. It commemorates the unlikely defeat of French forces by outnumbered Mexican troops in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

What is the California Dream Act?

Photo by un.sospiro/Flickr (Creative Commons)

U.S. Muslims hope for better days, but one report indicates these could still be far off

In recent days, since the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden, Muslims around the country have expressed hope that the pall of suspicion they have lived under since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 will dissipate.

In the news this morning: Cinco de Mayo, Secure Communities, 'sanctuary cities' bill, more

Illinois Drops Secure Communities as Fierce Opposition Mounts in Massachussetts, Other States - Fox News Latino Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his intention to drop out of the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.

Will 'Patch Latino' have success with Spanish speakers?

Latinos may still be on the losing end of the long-reported “digital divide,” less likely to have Internet access than non-Latino whites. But those who do have access will be getting their own version of Patch Network.

Working on Workers’ Day: The street vendors of the May Day march

Last Sunday's May 1 immigration march, the sixth since hundreds of thousands marched in Los Angeles and elsewhere on May 1, 2006 in support of hoped-for immigration reforms, was small in comparison to those of recent years.

Immigration and the bin Laden effect: More on the changes since 9/11

A post on Monday outlined a few of the direct and indirect ways in which the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks orchestrated by Osama bin Laden changed the nation's immigration landscape.

In the news this morning: A White House immigration strategy, Patch Latino in the works, the bin Laden effect on immigration, more

President Obama to ramp up immigration fight - Politico Obama's "sustained personal campaign" will rely in part on recruiting outsiders to pressure Congress to take up the controversial immigration reform issue.