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

Readers to L.A. map artist: You forgot Koreatown!

Readers checking out a hand-drawn map posted on the site last week that bluntly illustrates Los Angeles' racial, ethnic and class boundaries have pointed out a glaring omission.

American snapshot: South L.A.

Summers are hot in the dense Florence district of South Los Angeles, where there is very little green space. One solution, as some wise merchants know, is small inflatable wading pools that can fit in a compact backyard or an apartment complex, allowing overheated kids to keep cool.

Why you've heard of Caylee, but not Brisenia or Marchella

The trial involving Casey Anthony, recently acquitted of murder charges in the 2008 death of her toddler daughter Caylee Anthony by a Florida jury, has made national headlines for months.

In the news this morning: Mexico migration changes, detention mistreatment allegations, a proposed immigration museum, more

Immigration Upended: Damien Cave Answers Readers' Questions - New York Times The reporter who wrote a story on how economic and other improvements in Mexico are contributing to a slowdown in migration addresses questions from readers.

Another map: L.A.'s tiniest officially designated ethnic neighborhood

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Top ten pastimes at L.A.'s Navasartian Games, the 'Armenian Olympics'

While others were attending cookouts and pool parties over the Fourth of July weekend, Multi-American guest blogger Lory Tatoulian was taking in the sports-related drama at the 2011 Navasartian Games, what she describes as the "mini Armenian Olympics.

More on Latinos and race: The rise of the Latino 'American Indian'

A recent post highlighted a Migration Policy Institute article that explored the origin of the “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin” category on census forms, and in the 40 years that Latinos have been asked to identify in terms of Spanish origin, the varying ways in which they have also come to identify in terms of race.

In the news this morning: Why migration from Mexico has slowed, Latinos and redistricting, Secure Communities, more

For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home - New York Times Migration from Mexico has slowed to a trickle in recent years, in part due to growing economic and educational opportunities in Mexico, along with rising border crime and smaller families.

American snapshot: Lynwood

Inspired by the summer heat or the Fourth of July?

Who had to wait longest for an immigrant visa this month?

Who has had to wait the longest to come legally to the U.S. as an immigrant this month? As it's been in recent months, it's hopeful immigrants from the Philippines, people being sponsored by their siblings who filed their paperwork back in 1988.

In the news this morning: Language clash over store signs, Georgia's new immigration law, rise in Latino UC students, more

Sign of the times: Proposal to rewrite NYC store signs in English sparks culture clash - The Washington Post Two city council members are drafting legislation that would require store signs in in Flushing, Queens to be primarily in English.

The new American barbecue: Carne asada, galbi, lula kebab y más

In Los Angeles, the aroma that wafts from backyard barbecues on the Fourth of July varies slightly depending on the neighborhood one finds oneself in.

Hand-drawn map illustrates a starkly divided L.A.

A city that's perceived by some as multi-culti heaven is a starkly segregated place for many Angelenos, and this map serves as a reminder of that.

In the news this morning: Georgia immigration law kicks in, same-sex partner's deportation stopped, the 'Irvine 11' case, more

Tough Immigration Regulations In Effect In Georgia And South Carolina - Talking Points Memo A federal judge has temporarily blocked parts of a strict new Georgia new immigration law, but the rest goes into effect today, including one provision that would penalize people using a fake ID to get a job.

'Army unit' scheme a reminder of the military's pull for non-citizens

In case any sort of reminder was needed of how desperate many immigrants are for U.S. citizenship, one came yesterday in the sentencing of Yupeng "David" Deng, a Chinese immigrant from El Monte accused of charging fellow immigrants upwards of $400 to join a bogus “special forces” military unit that he told them would provide a path to citizenship.