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: Border security questions, shark fin soup, migration from North Africa, detention centers and assault, more

Disparity in border security under review - USA Today As illegal immigration debate has intensified in recent years, the federal government's response has been additional border security, putting additional Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops to work along the southwest border.

A stream of consciousness ode to Tapatío sauce, revisited

Before the weekend begins, I'm reposting this too-good-to-miss nugget from a post yesterday. In a piece about hunting for Tapatío hot sauce-flavored Doritos, I included a wonderful, if hard to follow, ode to Tapatío sauce that I came across in an “I Love Tapatío Hot Sauce” section on Experienceproject.

The forgotten history of the Filipino laborers who worked with Cesar Chavez

For those closely related to the farm labor movement of the 1960s and 70s, the story of Asian American farm workers and the extent to which these workers were involved in the movement is fairly common knowledge.

American snapshot: Santa Ana

My daughter, the astronaut. Spotted at Libreria Martinez, a bookstore and art gallery.

In the news this morning: Minorities and political influence, a dangerous crossing from North Africa, in the fields on Cesar Chavez Day, mor

America's New Electorate - The Atlantic How the growth of minority populations can reshape the political landscape in the U.S.

On the trail of the Tapatío Doritos

Last week, I came across a Facebook update from a friend with a photo that made my heart skip a beat. It was a small photo of a bag of Doritos, on the front a familiar and revered image: The smiling man in the sombrero from the label of the Tapatío hot sauce bottle.

Resistance to the wrecking ball in Boyle Heights' Wyvernwood apartments

Just as some Santa Ana residents are battling gentrification that they fear could displace Latino businesses and residents, so are some of the residents of Boyle Heights, especially those in the sprawling 1939 mega-complex known as the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments.

Report: Where Latino votes will matter most

The polling firm Latino Decisions has put together an interesting chart using census data that lists the potential states where Latino voters might have the most influence in the November 2012 presidential and U.

In the news this morning: FBI records of Muslim inquiry to be released, suspected smuggling off Malibu, boy attacks girl wearing hijab, more

Court orders Muslims' records released - San Francisco Chronicle A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to release the records of FBI inquiries into Muslim activists who say they were spied on.

Boyle Heights, the 'Ellis Island of the West Coast'

Today's Patt Morrison show on KPCC featured a segment on one of my favorite Los Angeles neighborhoods, Boyle Heights.

Angelenos and Angeleños in the age of the Korean taco

And while those of us there didn't come away with any clear answer, we did come away with some great ideas and insightful observations from both the audience and the panelists.

The private prison industry's immigration boom

Rina Palta of Multi-American's sister blog The Informant, which covers crime and courts in the Bay Area, has pulled together some good recent reports on the business of immigrant detention, for-profit private prison companies that contract with the federal government to hold immigrants who are awaiting or fighting their deportation.

In the news this morning: Muslim civil rights, North African migrants, 'Ugly Betty' star plays undocumented immigrant, more

Senators decry anti-Muslim violence - USA Today Republican and Democratic senators at a hearing on anti-Muslim discrimination Tuesday agreed that bullying, violence or workplace harassment of Muslims is not acceptable.

From 'The Good Earth' to 'Akira:' White actors, non-white roles

A Hollywood casting controversy has been gathering steam lately, not because there is anything particularly new at its core, but because there isn't. It involves the casting of white actors in non-white roles, something that has been happening for decades and is not, on its face, much of a surprise.

Will Latino-led redevelopment in Santa Ana ultimately rob it of its Latino-ness?

Last night I sat in on the live taping of AirTalk's segment today on the gentrification battle in Santa Ana, a city I worked in years ago that's been through some changes since, and is poised for more.