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

Society of Professional Journalists votes against use of 'illegal alien' and 'illegal immigrant'

FishbowlLA reports that the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the largest national organizations representing members of the media, adopted a resolution this week recommending that newsrooms abandon the use of "illegal immigrant" and "illegal alien.

The young Latino victims of the recession

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center charts a disturbing aspect of how the recession has affected Latino families, hit hardest by the economic crisis.

Great Wall of LA: 'The collective history of the diverse peoples of Los Angeles' (Video)

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is said to be the longest mural in the world, 2,740 feet of art depicting the ethnic and racial history of Los Angeles through the 1950s that lies along the concrete embankment of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel in the San Fernando Valley.

'Everything but WASP forbears': An excerpt from Denise Hamilton's 'Damage Control'

Of the Los Angeles novelists who use the city as a backdrop, there's one mystery writer who has long portrayed the city as a place whose defining identity lies east of the Westside, a polyglot metropolis built and inhabited by immigrants.

In the news this morning: How companies profit from immigration enforcement, Latino kids living in poverty, ICE arrests almost 3,000, more

Companies Use Immigration Crackdown to Turn a Profit - The New York Times It's not just CCA and The GEO Group who have benefited from immigrant detention and immigration crackdowns in the U.

In case you missed it: Obama's Latino Q&A roundtable (Video)

The White House has posted video from yesterday's Latino media roundtable with President Obama, who took questions submitted by readers of Yahoo!, MSN Latino, AOL Latino and HuffPost LatinoVoices.

An ode to the Dorito

Much has been written in recent days in homage to Archie West, the inventor of Doritos, who died last week in Texas at 97 and is reportedly set to be buried with a sprinkling of his chips.

Is there a strong legal case for a second Latino district in LA County?

Last night, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted down redistricting plans 4-1 that would have created a second Latino-majorty supervisorial district, a plan supported by Latino civil rights advocates and Gloria Molina, the county's sole Latina supervisor on a board of five.

In the news this morning: LA County board votes down second Latino-majority district, deportation issue goes to Supreme Court, more

LA County supervisors reject 2nd Latino district - Southern California Public Radio The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has decided against creating a second supervisorial district with a majority of Latino voters.

Will LA County's Latinos get more political clout, one way or another?

UPDATE: Los Angeles County Supervisors have voted down the plans 4 to 1 that would create a second Latino-majority district, so it's likely the matter will now go to court. 

How does the UC Berkeley 'diversity bake sale' rub you?

Fellow students have protested it and campus officials have condemned it, but a group of Republican students at UC Berkeley is moving ahead with plans to hold an "increase diversity" bake sale this Thursday in mockery/protest of legislation awaiting the governor's signature that would consider race and gender in college admissions.

In the news this morning: UC Berkeley's 'diversity bake sale,' minorities and LA redistricting, in-state tuition for RI undocumented student

Berkeley Republicans' 'Pay-by-Race' Bake Sale Still On - ABC News A protest by Republican students that's being called an "Increase Diversity" bake sale, with the highest prices charged to white men, is still set for Thursday in spite of criticism from students who have called the event racist.

Readers react to whether 'Irvine 11' students were singled out

Over the weekend, readers reacted to the conviction of 10 Muslim student activists for disrupting a speech last year by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at UC Irvine.

Deportable or not? Immigrants in deportation proceedings caught between law and policy

A couple of posts last week explored how the high-profile deportation case of an undocumented student activist was testing a new deportation policy announced last month by the Obama administration, which stated that it would review the cases of some 300,000 immigrants with clean records deemed a "low priority" for removal.

After task force report, what's next for Secure Communities?

Multi-American's sister blog The Informant at KALW in San Francisco has been covering developments in the controversy over Secure Communities, an immigration enforcement program first rolled out in 2008 that allows the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.