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

'I feel so sad:' More from the lottery visa 22,000

A post earlier this week on how the Diversity Visa Lottery Program is under fire following a computer-glitch fiasco last May has yielded, perhaps not surprisingly, some emotional comments on this website from people describing themselves as would-be winners.

In light of recent ICE memo, a primer on 'prosecutorial discretion'

Last month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton issued a memo to the agency's employees urging the use of prosecutorial discretion in the cases of certain immigrants, among them people who grew up in the United States after arriving here as children, and those who have served the military and their families.

He asked 'Where are you from?' Hate crime victim remembers, forgives

It's a remarkable story: A hate crime victim who was shot in the face and left partly blinded in one eye during a post-9/11 killing spree, now petitioning to spare the life of his attacker.

In the news this morning: Possible immigration overhaul bill, the undocumented population in CA, AZ seeks border fence donations, more

Sen. Chuck Schumer tries reviving immigration bill - Politico The Democratic senator from New York says he plans to hold a hearing next week on economic arguments for an immigration overhaul.

Counting California's undocumented immigrants - by their tax returns

A new report in which taxpayer records were used to estimate California's undocumented immigrant population by county is interesting on a couple of counts. First, the report from the Public Policy Institute of California estimates that Los Angeles County is home to a little under one million undocumented immigrants, 9.

Are Latinos the ultimate smartphone users?

It's been reported recently that smartphones are helping narrow the digital divide, particularly among Latinos, the group with the least access to home broadband. But it gets better than that, according to a piece on the ClickZ marketing news site today, which makes the case that Latinos are in fact leading the smartphone charge.

The nation's ethnic-generational divide, illustrated

There's a generational component to the racial and ethnic shift taking place in the United States population, with minority youths poised to become a majority in the not-too-distant future.

In the news this morning: Hate crime victim tries to save his attacker, GOP group seeks Latino candidates, Iraqi refugees under scrutiny, mo

The Hater and the Hated, Both Touched by Crime - New York Times Q&As with Rais Bhuiyan, a Pakistani immigrant shot in the face after September 11, 2001, and with Mark Anthony Stroman, the man who shot him.

Calling all home food fusionistas, aka 'cultural mash-up eaters'

While retweeting a Multi-American post about Japanese tuna melt donuts today, the consistently engaging @HyphenMagazine introduced me to a great recent piece on the different types of "cultural mash-up eaters" that exist out there.

The day laborers next door (Video)

What are the stories of the people who line up seeking work outside home improvement stores, storage facilities, the local U-Haul truck rental center?

A rough week for the diversity visa lottery and its non-winners

It has not been a good week for the non-winners of the 2012 federal green card lottery known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program.

In the news this morning: Jail for use of fake IDs to work in Georgia, Latina moms website launches, a 'Hispanic Tea Party' in Texas, more

New immigration law targets use of fake IDs - Atlanta Journal-Constitution A little known provision of Georgia's strict new immigration law that went into effect July 1 is called aggravated identity fraud, under which any adult who uses a fake ID to get work be imprisoned for 15 years and pay a steep fine.

What is a Japanese tuna melt donut?

It's a tuna melt. It's a donut. And as improbable as it sounds, it's delicious.

Q&A: Why there's still work to do in Mexico, in spite of less migration

In the last week or so, much of the talk regarding illegal immigration from Mexico has turned to how more would-be migrants are staying home. Last week, a widely-circulated New York Times story profiled a family in the longtime migrant-sending state of Jalisco, pointing to economic and educational improvements there as one of the reasons why those who would lave left a decade ago may now be opting to skip the trip north.

In the news this morning: Latinos and population growth, a new green card lottery, Jose Antonio Vargas appears on Colbert Report, more

Births, not immigration, account for most of Hispanic growth in last decade - CNN According to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center, births have overtaken immigration as the force behind the growth of the Mexican American population in the U.