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: 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.

In the news this morning: Latino population growth and politics, 100 years after the Triangle fire, Muslim civil rights hearing, more

Census data show Hispanic boom. How it could impact US politics. - Christian Science Monitor The Latino population in the United States grew 43 percent since 2000 to 50.5 million, accounting for more than half the nation's population growth and potentially affecting future elections.

San Gabriel 'maternity tourism' operation reignites birthright citizenship debate

A week after Arizona legislators voted down several immigration bills, two of them intended to force an end to automatic U.S. citizenship for children born in this country, the debate over birthright citizenship has a new epicenter.

Ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Nopales

I'll admit that there's nothing terribly unconventional about nopales, the fourth item in this week's series of unsung ethnic delicacies. Nopales, or nopalitos, are made from the cooked paddles of the prickly pear cactus and are standard fare in Mexico, and thus in Southern California.

Latinos and health: Blessed and cursed at the same time?

This Tuesday kicked off a monthlong effort by the American Diabetes Association to urge people to get tested in order to see if they are at risk for type 2 diabetes, which typically strikes during adulthood.

In the news this morning: Minorites make up most of U.S. growth, state immigration laws, an Arizona teacher's anti-Latino letter and more

New milestone: 1 in 6 Americans is Hispanic - MSNBC.com Census Bureau to release more data today; minorities are epected to make up for 90 percent of growth since 2000.

After the ranting anti-Asian UCLA student, three great music videos

Whatever misguided creativity moved UCLA student Alexandra Wallace to post a video of herself ranting about Asian students in the library and utter her now-famous "ching chong, ling long, ting tong" line a week and a half ago fell far short of what she termed "an attempt to produce a humorous YouTube video.

Ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Tejuino

We're on day three of a week of posts involving those delicacies from Southern California's smorgasbord of ethnic cuisines that may not sound, look, smell, or even necessarily taste like delicacies on the first try, but are tastes worth acquiring because they're pretty darn good.

Angelenos/Angeleños speak out on who they are

In a brief post yesterday, I mentioned that I'll be moderating a panel next week at KPCC titled "Angelino, Angeleno, Angeleño: Who are we?"