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

Latinos and banking: Why they shy away, and why they shouldn't

In a series of recent posts, we've looked at how immigrant families build wealth and pass it along, making the ascent from have-nots to haves via wise investments such as the purchase of homes, and building on family financial networks that draw in multiple generations.

Three ways in which 9/11 altered policing in the U.S.

Billions of dollars poured into counterterrorism efforts, ratcheted-up surveillance and information-gathering "fusion centers" are just a few of the ways in which the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 altered the way law enforcement works in the United States.

In the news this morning: The 'Irvine 11' trial, Latino kids going hungry, immigration talk at GOP debate, prosecutorial discretion, more

Irvine 11's trial begins with both sides citing 1st Amendment - Los Angeles Times Prosecutors say the Muslim students on trial "shut down" Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren during a speech at UC Irvine in February 2010; defense attorneys argue that the students expressed political views in a legal protest and have the right to do so.

Will climate change affect migration?

Will climate change contribute to migration in the future as people are displaced? Many experts believe so, and the Migration Policy Institute is the latest to produce a report detailing how.

Making sense of why more Latinos are going to federal prison

A government report released yesterday revealed that for the first time, the majority of people being sentenced to federal prison for felony offenses are Latino.

In the news this morning: Latinos and LA County political boundaries, 'Irvine 11' trial begins, no relief for would-be child immigrants, mor

Foes sound off in L.A. County supervisorial district fight - Los Angeles Times More than 800 people packed a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday for "a tense five-hour exchange of starkly different visions of how political boundaries should be redrawn in light of the region's steadily increasing Latino population.

The 'undocumented' vs. 'illegal' debate continues

The media industry organization UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. is lending itself to a campaign that urges media outlets to stop using "illegal" as a way of referring to immigrants.

Spanglish as part of our daily soundtrack

KPCC's OnCentral blog has featured an audio piece on Spanglish as part of its "Sounds of South Los Angeles," an ongoing series.

Will Latinos drive the real estate recovery?

A post on Friday explored the number one way immigrant families move up the economic ladder, i.e. the acquisition of real estate. And while minorities, and especially Latinos, were hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, a new crop of prospective home buyers is prepared to snap up low-priced properties, potentially driving the revival of the housing market.

In the news this morning: NYPD collected data on mosques, Latino leaders worried about 2012 races, 'undocumented' vs. 'illegal,' more

Docs: NYPD eyed 250-plus mosques, student groups - Associated Press According to officials and internal documents, the New York Police Department collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in the New York area, often with the aid of informants.

American snapshot: San Marino

From the archives, a snapshot from San Marino, taken just before Labor Day of last year.

Part 2 of California Dream Act heads to governor's desk - will he sign?

Now that the California Assembly has approved AB 131, the second half of a package referred to as the California Dream Act, will Gov. Jerry Brown sign it into law? Brown has until Oct.

How immigrant families rise from have-not to have

During the past month, a series of posts on Multi-American has explored the relationship between immigrant families and household wealth, or the lack of it.

More colleges and universities seeing high Latino enrollment

As more Latinos attend college, the number of colleges and universities boasting an undergraduate student body that is more than 25 percent Latino is on the rise as well.

In the news this morning: Prolonged immigrant detention ruled unconstitutional, CA Dream Act goes to Assembly, Katt Williams apology, more

Years-long immigrant detentions unconstitutional, appeals court rules - CNN A federal appeals court has ruled that the "prolonged imprisonment of immigrants fighting deportation -- without giving them bail hearings and without forcing the government to justify the detention -- is unconstitutional.