Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

How citizenship is defined around the world

Illustration by Maphobbyist/Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)

In the news this morning: Another birthright bill, human trafficking cases hard to prosecute, Egyptian immigrants protest in solidarity, mor

South Dakota Introduces Immigration and Birthright Citizenship Bills - Fox News Latino Three immigration-related state bills have been introduced, including one with provisions similar to Arizona's SB 1070 and another challenging automatic U.

Why the birthright citizenship battle is heating up now

There was a time when even in immigration restriction circles, talk of doing away with automatic U.S. citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants was an argument that didn’t make it far beyond the fringes.

Honoring civil rights pioneer Fred Korematsu

Sunday marks the first celebration of a new state holiday, Fred Korematsu Day, for the late Japanese American civil rights hero whose journey as an activist began when he challenged his forced incarceration in an internment camp during World War II.

In the news this morning: AZ anti-birthright citizenship bills, bad Latino films, Egyptian American reactions, Muslim students, more

Arizona’s new anti-birthright citizenship bills - MULTI-AMERICAN State legislators in Arizona introduced four bills yesterday with the goal of denying U.S. citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants.

Arizona's new anti-birthright citizenship bills

As they had promised, legislators in both the state House and Senate in Arizona introduced bills today seeking to deny automatic U.S. citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants.

Introducing the giant Frankenjalapeño

Perhaps it's because I grew up in a part of L.A. where people grew chiles in their backyards, but I did a double take the other day upon coming across a press release heralding the introduction of a giant genetically modified jalapeño.

A guide to birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment

The discussion over whether the United States should grant automatic citizenship to everyone who is born here isn't necessarily a new one, but in recent months, it's moved beyond talk.

In the news this morning: Interview with anti-birthright citizenship advocate, AZ border killing trial, workplace raids, Vang Pao funeral, m

The New Immigration Debate - National Review Online Kris Kobach, the new Kansas secretary of state and the attorney behind SB 1070 and new legislation challenging birthright citizenship, weights in on the legislative campaign to deny U.

Two great maps: Who we are, in L.A. and in the U.S.

This is turning out to be the week of the excellent demographic map. Yesterday, KCET posted a fascinating interactive map revealing Los Angeles County's changing demographics decade by decade since 1940.

Anti-birthright citizenship bills to be filed in Arizona tomorrow

Tomorrow has been set as the target date in Arizona for the introduction of two anti-birthright citizenship bills, to be filed in both the state Senate and House.

In the news this morning: Anti-birthright citizenship bill to be introduced in Arizona, GOP leaders say no-go to Obama's immigration mention

Steve King: Obama's Immigration Plan Is Not Happening - Talking Points Memo From King, after the speech: "Two out three of things I agreed with...The securing our border part and enforcing our laws.

At a SOTU viewing party in L.A., little hope for immigration reform

Even before tonight's State of the Union address, expectations that President Obama would address immigration issues weren't high. Still, a small crowd of mostly Latino activists, students, blue-collar workers and others gathered to watch it at the downtown office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which held a "viewing party" showing the address on a large screen with a simultaneous Spanish translation.

American snapshot: Redondo Beach

I do not like green curry with ham, I do not like it Siam I Am? There has to be a story here.

Art of the Tiger Mother: Five spoofs, rap song included

It's been more than two weeks now since author Amy Chua's essay titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, prompting an uncountable number of news stories, columns, blog posts, essays and assorted reflections on the take that Chua, author of the memoir "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," presented on raising her two daughters.