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

Top ten secrets of the Latin American supermarket

Moving past the piñata section at a Superior warehouse store in Bell, Calif. Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Understanding the escalating controversy over Secure Communities

A heated controversy over the federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities has been brewing since last year, when several local jurisdictions around the country tried to opt out of the program, only to learn they couldn't.

In the news this morning: Migrant dangers in Mexico, state immigration laws, Secure Communities and domestic violence, more

Mexico migrants: Mexico immigration agency fires top officials amid reports of collusion with kidnappers - Los Angeles Times The head of the agency announces steps to tighten and speed screening of immigration agents in states traversed most often by Central American migrants en route to the United States.

Goodbye Encarnación, hello Estefany

The website for Telemundo's Mun2 channel recently posted an amusing slideshow on the evolution of baby names in Spanish, from old-fashioned traditional names with a religious bent like Encarnación and Guadalupe to English names filtered through Spanish, à la Estefany, Yenifer and Jhonatan.

Digging into the new Dream Act

The latest version of the federal Dream Act that Senate Democrats plan to introduce is, at least for now, fairly similar to the version approved by the House last December.

Report: U.S. population growth almost exclusively minority-driven

We already know that Latinos accounted for more than half the nation's population growth in the last decade.

In the news this morning: Federal Dream Act, Secure Communities controversy, more

Senate’s top Democrat sees path for DREAM Act in possible immigration enforcement legislation - The Washington Post Senate Democrats announced yesterday that they will reintroduce a bill that would grant conditional legal status to some undocumented youths brought here at minors, but it faces long odds; Sen.

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

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

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.