Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
Last week in Orange County, a line of about two dozen young people snaked around the side of a meeting hall. Mostly college students, they awaited their turn at the podium in the front of the room.
In the news this morning: Japanese American families hope for word of relatives, California Dream Act, Latinos and the census, more
Japanese Americans in LA try to make contact w/ victims - ABC7.com Some say they've had success reaching relatives via cell phone in the quake-ravaged area surrounding Sendai. But many said they've had no luck, and it's tough to stay optimistic.
"In fact, I am so upset that I believe she should be punished by expulsion, public humiliation, and maybe even solitary confinement at a high security prison."
Since Friday, international aid organizations have been focused on the unfolding disaster in Japan, where supplies are running short and the death toll continues to mount after last week's devastating 8.
In the news this morning: Response to Japan earthquake, looted art from Armenia, minorities and lupus, Arizona's Latino growth, more
Japan earthquake: Japanese American groups in L.A. use Web to respond to quake - Los Angeles Times Japanese American community groups used social networking and other online tools over the weekend to coordinate efforts in response to Friday's killer earthquake.
Two large fundraising events for victims of last week's devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake in northeastern Japan last week are taking place all day today at Angel Stadium in Anaheim and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where "drive-through" donations for the American Red Cross's relief effort are being accepted.
Throughout the day, as I've followed news of the continuing devastation in northeastern Japan after its 8.9 magnitude quake, I've linked a couple of times to one website that keeps drawing me back for its succinct updates.
As has become the norm during world events lately, one of the ways in which people have been getting togehter to provide information, ask questions or simply comment on the killer earthquake that struck Japan yesterday afternoon is on Facebook.
Several online resources have sprung up in the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan, among them a Google People Finder tool in English and Japanese that is part of a Google crisis response resource with emergency numbers and other information.
The other day, I mentioned in a conversation that I'd begun following the acclaimed Nina's Food (@BreedStScene) on Twitter. The old-school Boyle Heights quesadilla expert, who placed first in last year's L.
Earlier this week, the 2010 census results for California revealed a state in which overall, the white population has shrunk in the last decade, while the Latino population has continued to grow.
Today marked the first hearing in the House Committee on Homeland Security on the "extent of radicalization" among American Muslims, led by committee chair and New York Republican Rep.
Emotions ran raw Thursday during the House Committee on Homeland Security’s hearings on the “extent of radicalization.” On Wednesday, KPCC’s Multi-American blog spoke to Imam Mahmoud Harmoush of the Islamic Center of Temecula Valley for his thoughts on the hearing.
In the news this morning: House hearings on Islam, immigrants and jobs, a community where CA census trend happened in reverse, more
Fact Checker - Peter King's claim about radical Muslim imams: Is it true? - The Washington Post An examination of what's factual and what isn't behind Rep. Peter King's House hearings on the "extent of radicalization" among American Muslims, which began this morning.
Yesterday's 2010 Census results for California revealed what was already expected, an increasingly diverse state in which ethnic minorities have together become a majority. Latinos and Asian Americans alone - 37.