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

The naming of a Navy ship after Cesar Chavez draws political fire

Multi-American's sister blog Home Post at KPBS in San Diego, which reports on the military, has posted a piece on the controversy over the naming of a U.S. Navy ship after the late labor leader Cesar Chavez.

In the news this morning: Haitian immigrants' post-quake protection extended, a smuggling route from Asia through Mexico, more

U.S. to Extend Haitians’ Post-Quake Immigration Status - New York Times Haitians who received special protected immigration status after last year’s earthquake will be allowed an additional year and a half to live and work in the United States while their country struggles to recover.

The Arab Spring in the Southland: Egypt (Video)

A video posted earlier took a look at the revolution in Egypt through the eyes of two Egyptian Americans at Los Angeles' Habibi Cafe, manager Mostafa Said and a young patron, Tamer Kattan.

More ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Chee kufta

This week, Multi-American is again exploring the unsung ethnic delicacies that may not sound or look like much, but are worth a try. And for whatever reason, people are suggesting meat dishes this time around.

The end of NSEERS, one of the most contentious post-9/11 national security programs

The Migration Policy Institute has published a brief history and analysis of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, known as NSEERS, which was terminated in recent weeks by Homeland Security.

The Arab Spring in the Southland: Egypt (Video)

Earlier this year, as pro-democracy protests engulfed the Middle East, KPCC staff videographer Grant Slater began videotaping solidarity rallies held in Los Angeles by immigrants in support of democratic reforms back home.

In the news this morning: Canada's immigration awards, an immigrant health bill in Texas, more

What SB1070? In Canada, They're Handing Out the 2011 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards - Fox News Latino As a political battle over immigration rages in the U.S., Canada is celebrating its third annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, given to foreign-born citizens who have contributed the most to their adopted country.

More ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Spam musubi

Hawaiian cuisine is perhaps the original Asian fusion cuisine, a mix of tastes that has evolved over centuries of immigration to the islands.

An unfortunate computer glitch puts the 'visa lottery' on the map

Last week, a computer glitch dashed the hopes of tens of thousands of immigrants who had hoped to come legally to the United States - and put one of the quirkier programs within the U.

In the news this morning: California's changing face, states and Secure Communities, the NSEERS program comes to an end, more

California's Latino and Asian populations rise while white declines - Sacramento Bee California's ethnic mix is shifting not only because there are greater numbers of Latinos and Asians, but because there are fewer whites.

The Arab Spring in the Southland (Video)

It has been nearly six months since a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in protest after a confrontation with police. His desperate act sparked a series of pro-democracy protests that have since engulfed the Middle East, driving masses into the streets and toppling governments.

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.