Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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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: Local Salvadorans and Obama's visit, Muslim civil rights hearings, a 4-year-old U.S. citizen gets deported, more

Local Salvadorans hope Obama visit sign of immigration reform, help - San Gabriel Valley Tribune From the story: The visit was championed as an indication of the U.S. president's commitment to the small poverty-striken nation, whose economy, crime and emigration levels are inextricably tied to the United States.

Ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Durian

This week, I’m featuring a post a day on those ethnic foods that may be an acquired taste, but are worth acquiring because in the end, they are unsung delicacies. And I've been taking suggestions, which is a good thing, because there are different delicacies for different people.

What killed Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bills?

Last week, Arizona's state senate voted down five major anti-illegal immigration bills, among them two bills seeking to deny automatic U.S. citizenship to babies born to undocumented immigrants, a bill requiring hospitals to check immigration status, and an "omnibus" bill that would bar undocumented immigrants from public services.

Angelino, Angeleno, Angeleño: Who are we?

A couple of months ago, I featured an excerpt from a popular post on the KCET website by author D.J. Waldie on the disappearance of the Spanish consonant ñ, pronounced “enye,” from the word that we in Los Angeles use to describe ourselves.

In the news this morning: Check your own immigration status, Latino youths a majority in AZ, an Asian American citizenship effort, more

US To Allow Individuals To Check Their Immigration Status Online - Wall Street Journal The federal government will now allow workers to verify their immigration status online as part of an effort to improve the accuracy of the data employers use to confirm a person's legal ability to work in the United States.

Ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Arroz con calamares en su tinta

Today marks the launch of a week's worth of posts about food. Not just any food, but those dishes in every ethnic cuisine that may not seem appetizing to those who didn't grow up with them, or require more than one taste to fall in love with, but are delicious to those in the know.

On the Internet, there's still no such thing as a post-racial America

Most of the data out there on interracial relationships doesn't come from online dating sites, but it's high time more of it did, because the results are fascinating.

Video: Far from Japan, seeking comfort after the quake

Far From Home from 89.3 KPCC on Vimeo.

In the news this morning: The fate of different state immigration bills, Persian New Year, deportees in Haiti, skinheads in Claremont, more

Immigration reform: Glimpse of the future in Arizona and Utah? - Christian Science Monitor The fate of two very different sets of immigration bills last week, one in Arizona and one in Utah, suggest that the business community can play a critical role in shaping immigration legislation.

Is revealing immigration status the new 'coming out?'

What began as a small number of undocumented college students going public with their immigration status in recent years, done as a political act, has developed into a growing movement that embraces a term once synonymous with the gay rights movement: coming out.

A week’s worth of reactions to the House hearings on Islam

The news of last Friday's earthquake in Japan all but obscured what had been some of the biggest news of the previous day, the first hearing of a planned series in the House Committee on Homeland Security on the “extent of radicalization” among American Muslims, led by committee chair and New York Republican Rep.

Giant Robot, others join Japan quake relief efforts

The Asian American pop culture emporium Giant Robot has added its name to a growing list of businesses and Japanese American groups in Los Angeles who are mounting efforts to raise money for earthquake relief in Japan.

In the news this morning: Arizona birthright bills rejected, Muslim woman kicked off flight, report on immigrant detention system, more

Arizona Senate Rejects 5 Bills On Immigration - New York Times The state senate has voted down the illegal immigration crackdown bills, among them two measures intended to force the U.

Three great St. Patrick's Day tweets

Whether you're wearing green today or not, you've likely been on Twitter, where people are posting St. Patrick's Day greetings, random thoughts, history tidbits, and far too many updates - which will only worsen through the night - on what they are eating or drinking.

Multilingual Nikkei site posts quake related updates, much more

The term nikkei doesn't just refer to the Tokyo stock market index, but to Japanese immigrants and their descendants, the Japanese diaspora that has fanned out around the world as the result of migration.