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: Koreatown

The Spanish on the sign might be a little off ("Greek" in Spanish is "griego"), but I was impressed by this trilingual effort while driving south on Normandie Avenue the other day.

The roar of the Tiger Mother

This has been the week of the Tiger Mother, and it's not over yet. Since last weekend, when the Wall Street Journal published an essay by author and Yale law professor Amy Chua titled "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," Chua has become perhaps the most notorious parent in America, setting off a firestorm of controversy over the parenting techniques she described in the essay and in her memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

In the news this morning: Cross-border shooting lawsuit, author Amy Chua speaks out, 'virtual fence' over, dating while undocumented, more

Parents of dead Mexican teenager sue U.S. government - Reuters The parents of a 15-year-old boy killed last year on the Mexican side of the border, allegedly by a bullet fired across the river by a Border Patrol agent, have sued for $25 million.

On the broader legacy of Dr. King

Among the many pieces that ran this weekend in anticipation of today's holiday honoring the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the more interesting ones involved a series of letters from readers published in USA Today's opinion section.

A writer asks: What if the Arizona shooter had been Latino?

An opinion piece from an NPR contributor relating ethnicity to last Saturday's shooting in Tucson has drawn hundreds of comments on the website. Titled "Across America, Latino Community Sighs With Relief," it poses this question: What if the gunman had been Latino?

In the news this morning: GOP leaders court Latino voters, more on border agent accused of harboring, Arizona and immigration politics, more

GOP Tries New Effort To Bring In Hispanic Voters - NPR Republican leaders that include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are launching a new effort to reach out to Latino voters.

Quote of the moment: Daniel Hernandez at the Tucson memorial service

"On Saturday, we all became Tucsonans. On Saturday, we all became Arizonans. And above all, we all became Americans."

San Francisco's first Chinese American mayor

The city whose past is perhaps most closely intertwined with Asian immigrant history, including its most troubled periods, has achieved a milestone: San Francisco has its first Asian American mayor.

In the news this late morning/early afternoon: More on immigration and rhetoric, new House immigration leader, farm labor plans, more

Hi, all. I'm off to a later start that usual after a non-blogging assignment last night. But without further ado, here's the mid-day reading list:

The forgotten history of Angelenos' lost ñ

I linked earlier to a post on the KCET website by author D.J. Waldie on the disappearance of the Spanish consonant ñ, pronounced "enye," from the word that we in Los Angeles use to describe ourselves, and from our regional identity altogether.

Quote of the moment: UC Berkeley chancellor on the Arizona shooting and immigration

"A climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated can lead to such a tragedy."

In the news this morning: The Florida 'Arizona' law, Tucson sheriff's immigration stance, trafficking suspect arrested, gay heroes, more

Florida lawmakers size up Arizona-style bill - Miami Herald Gov. Rick Scott's plan to bring an SB 1070-style immigration law to Florida may have trouble passing in Florida, some state lawmakers say.

Tweet of the moment: The irony of the hero intern

Jan Brewer now honoring Daniel Hernandez as hero, which he is.

Why Arizona intern Daniel Hernandez's heroism is about much more than that

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