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

After the Tucson shooting, conversation about 'rhetoric' remains tied to immigration

It's a given that the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this weekend in Tucson wasn't acting purely on the political rhetoric coming out of the Grand Canyon State, nor on Sarah Palin's map of congressional districts with crosshairs over them.

In the news this morning: The Arizona shooting, ethnic studies, birthright citizenship and more

Arizona shooting: Arizona's us-versus-them brand of politics - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Condemnation of the state's tough law on illegal immigration — including boycotts that cost the state millions of dollars — has furthered an us-versus-them attitude among some Arizonans.

Immigration, hate, and the Arizona shooting

How much of a role did the immigration debate and racial-ethnic hatred play in yesterday's devastating shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, among them U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords? The motive of suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner, described as mentally unstable, is still unclear and may always be.

American snapshot: Tax season in Downey

This Downey income tax office is pure So Cal Americana: a flag-bedecked, immigrant-owned operation whose waving Lady Liberties have last names like Romero and Subia.

'Multiculturals' on ice (okay, snow)

A story from ESPN on "multicultural" involvement in snow sports – and a marketing report aimed at getting more skiers and snowboarders of color onto the slopes - has caught my attention, because it's a topic that's close to my heart.

In the news this morning: Hmong refugee leader dead, protesting anti-birthright citizenship plans, AZ border trash website, the feeling of h

Vang Pao, Guerilla Fighter and Hmong Leader, Dead at 81 - TIME A hero among Hmong refugees, Vang Pao advocated for refugees and bolstered the resistance movement in Laos. He was arrested a few years ago on charges that he was funding guerrilla fighters back home, later dropped.

Bloggers on the 14th Amendment battle

Those who write about immigration, politics, and the intersection of the two have had quite a bit to work with since Wednesday, when several GOP state legislators announced that they'd be introducing bills at the state level in hopes of forcing a U.

Happy Día de los Reyes Magos

I wondered why the date on the news stories I was reviewing this morning stood out: Jan 6. And then I was reminded that today is Three Kings Day, otherwise known as the Christian holiday of Epiphany, which is celebrated in the Hispanic world as "El Dia de los Reyes Magos.

In the news this morning: Another challenge to birthright citizenship, Three Kings Day, the ethnic studies battle in Arizona and more

Several states want court ruling on birthright citizenship - The Washington Post A report from yesterday's announcement by Republican state legislators of their plans to challenge birthright citizenship.

Video: Climbing the border fence in less than 18 seconds

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A short history of the 14th Amendment

We've featured some of the text from the 1868 amendment to the United States Constitution and what the amendment entails, as well as the model bill that some conservative state legislators hope will force federal judges to revise it in their quest to deny U.

The model bill to challenge the 14th Amendment

As had been planned, a group of conservative state legislators convened in Washington, D.C. this morning to unveil what they termed "14th Amendment Misapplication State Legislation.

In the news this morning: The birthright citizenship battle, undocumented immigrants and taxes, border arrests continue to drop, more

Illegal Immigration Opponents Want States to Change to Birthright Citizenship - ABC News A coalition of state lawmakers is announcing plans today for a state-by-state approach to blocking the issuance of state birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants.

Muslims in America last year: 'Like looking in the mirror and seeing a monster in place of yourself'

One of the biggest immigration-related stories of the year, one that I regret not having squeezed into my top-five list, also involved culture, religion, and a substantial dose of fear.

American snapshot: Downey

No, definitely not Florida.