Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
The trend of undocumented immigrants being smuggled by sea up the California coast isn't entirely new, but the recent discovery of 15 people stranded on rugged Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Ventura County has brought the story farther north.
In the news this morning: More kids are children of immigrants, little protest at All-Star game in Arizona, smuggling by sea, more
Census: Share of children in US hits record low - Associated Press Census numbers show that children now make up less of the nation's population than ever, even with a boost from immigrant families.
The always informative ImmigrationProf Blog has compiled an interesting roundup of the recent hits and misses in the U.S. Supreme Court affecting immigrants. Over the last few years, it turns out, immigrants have not fared badly in the high court's decisions, with some favorable ones in 2010, though there have been less favorable decisions lately.
Who is going to buy your parents' or grandparents' house when they retire and downsize, or move out of state? According to a new study from the University of Southern California, there's a good chance that the buyers will be Latino.
Seeing Mexican flags flying from homes in Los Angeles, often joined by the Stars and Stripes, is commonplace. Less often spotted on private flagpoles (though easy to find) is the flag superimposed with La Virgen de Guadalupe, which nonetheless makes perfect sense.
In the news this morning: Migrants rescued off Santa Cruz Island, wives of deportees bonding online, Mexico repatriation flights resume, mor
Illegal immigrants rescued off Santa Barbara coast - Los Angeles Times Fifteen Mexican citizens were stranded for days on Santa Cruz Island after being left there by smugglers. They used a cell phone to call for help.
One of two bills that make up what's referred to as the California Dream Act is now on its way to the Senate floor. The proposed legislation would allow undocumented college students to apply for and receive scholarships that don't come from state funds.
Perhaps the most devastating news out of Latin America over the weekend was the senseless murder of legendary Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, gunned down in an ambush in Guatemala while en route to the airport after performing there, with the bullets supposedly intended for his concert promoter.
Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. has highlighted an intriguing shift in the Indian American community as some children of Indian immigrants, whose parents traditionally pursued jobs in fields like health care or engineering, have broken with tradition and moved into riskier creative fields like entertainment or the high-end food industry.
In the news this morning: Major League Baseball and immigration, migrants stranded on Santa Cruz Island, D.C.'s dying Chinatown, more
Arizona immigration law met by silence from Major League Baseball - USA Today Calls for the league to condemn Arizona's SB 1070 and take the All-Star game out of Arizona have gone unheeded.
An earlier post today highlighted an insightful essay by CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette on his "mixed" marriage, the union of a third-generation Mexican American husband and a Mexican-born wife.
Several recent posts have explored the topic of interracial and intercultural relationships. But what about when the partners come from the same culture, yet are first-generation immigrants married to someone from the second or third generation?
In the news this morning: A flawed immigration court system, state bar considers undocumented lawyer, Mexican citizen executed in TX, more
Removal of Priest’s Cases Exposes Deep Holes in Immigration Courts - New York Times The records of a priest with no formal legal training, who represented thousands of immigrants in New York's crowded federal immigration courts for decades, reveal the flaws in the immigration court system.
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.
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.