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

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.

In the news this morning: Muslim civil rights hearing, ethnonyms, Latinos and organ donation, deported child coming home, more

Durbin Examines Muslim Civil Rights Violations, King Calls Hearing Nonsense - Fox News Muslims are accused of not being "real Americans," Sen. Dick Durbin said today during a hearing held to address Muslim civil rights issues; the hearing was criticized by Rep.

The award-winning reporter who could have been deported

A remarkable story that made the rounds over the weekend is that of Los Angeles Times reporter Ruben Vives, who with colleague Jeff Gottlieb recently won the Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for uncovering the Bell political corruption scandal.

Readers recommend their own ethnic food tastes worth acquiring

Thanks to everyone who has chimed in on a post from last Friday on the unsung delicacies of ethnic cuisines, those dishes, drinks, fruit and other flavors that may not seem like delicacies to those who didn't grow up with them, but are worth sharing and trying.

In the news this morning: The challenges to state anti-illegal immigration bills, StoryCorps in town, Muslim screenwriters, Cesar Chavez Day

Groups target states' illegal-immigration bills - USA Today Latino groups, business associations, farm bureaus, civil rights organizations and lawyers have come together to craft a state-by-state attack against the proposals.

Five ethnic food tastes worth acquiring

Since Monday, Multi-American has featured a post a day on those unsung delicacies of ethnic cuisines, the dishes people grew up with that may not sound, smell, look, or even taste like delicacies at first, but that are tastes worth acquiring, because they're pretty darn good.

A list of the Triangle fire's immigrant victims reveals how little has changed

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a blaze that killed 146 New York garment workers, most of them young immigrant women, and is credited with sparking the modern labor movement.

Superheroes needed: Power Rangers join Japan quake relief drive

In the two weeks since northeastern Japan was devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami, among the growing list of donors to relief efforts have been the Japanese companies that have operations in Southern California, even some in Baja California.