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

American snapshot: Glendale

Is Glendale helping preserve a language? There are different but similar versions of Armenian spoken by the Armenian diaspora. Western Armenian, which is spoken by many immigrants who came to the United States, is considered by UNESCO to be in danger of extinction.

'Future doctors, soldiers, journalists:' The federal Dream Act returns

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In the news this morning: The Dream Act returns, Obama on immigration reform in El Paso, Utah immigration law blocked, more

Democrats to reintroduce DREAM Act - Scott Wong - Politico Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and other Democrats are announcing the reintroduction of the bill this morning. The proposed legislation would grant conditional legal status to certain undocumented youths who arrived as minors.

God, country, or both? A reader's take on the American Muslims-Muslim Americans quandary

A guest post yesterday examined the uncomfortable position in which Muslims in the United States have found themselves during the past decade, forced to defend their patriotism in the post-9/11 era.

Report: Immigration tops the list for Latino voters, and it's personal

President Obama's speech in El Paso, Texas today regarding immigration reform has been characterized by some as an effort to appeal to Latino voters while defending his immigration record.

The federal Dream Act prepares for a comeback

Details are scarce, but a spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) confirmed this morning that Durbin has plans to reintroduce the proposed immigration legislation at an event in Washington, D.

In the news this morning: Obama and immigration reform in El Paso, SB 1070 could go to Supreme Court, Secure Communities, more

Immigration reform taking center stage in Texas - CNN President Obama is expected to give a speech on the need for comprehensive immigration reform today during his visit to El Paso.

Secrets of the Latin American supermarket, Part 3

Last month, Multi-American kicked off a series of informal guides to the ethnic supermarket, the mega-bodegas of all flavors that have become part of the regional landscape as Southern California’s immigrant enclaves have grown and evolved.

American Muslim, or Muslim American?

In the United States, a generation of young Muslims has grown up in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 attacks, among them KPCC intern Yasmin Nouh. Part of the discussion she has been privy to during these years is how Muslims, whose patriotism has been under scrutiny since, should identify themselves: as American Muslims, or as Muslim Americans?

In the news this morning: Arizona's legal and fence plans, Chipotle under scrutiny, Muslim imams kicked off flight, more

Arizona's governor to reveal plans for immigration law - CNN Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne are announcing today what legal steps, if any, they're prepared to take following an injunction of the state's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law.

'Hispanic-flavored dishes' and other ethnic-inspired, um, treats

Cinco de Mayo has come and gone, but its effect on that peculiar cuisine known as "ethnic-inspired" continues. For a limited time only, at least.

'An unpardonable slander:' The controversy over the use of 'Geronimo' in bin Laden operation

Multi-American's sister blog DCentric has been posting updates on the controversy surrounding the use of the name "Geronimo" as code for the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden last weekend in Pakistan.

In the news this morning: More Secure Communities resistance, hurdles for national Latino museum, the California Dream Act, more

Officials Resist Federal ‘Secure Communities’ Program - New York Times A program central to the Obama administration's immigration enforcement strategy faces growing resistance from state governments and police.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and the Battle of Puebla, a little mole poblano

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is tied closely to Puebla, the Mexican state and its capital city of the same name. It commemorates the unlikely defeat of French forces by outnumbered Mexican troops in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

What is the California Dream Act?

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