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
Earlier this week, outlets including USA Today and BET ran short pieces on a fascinating and troubling social dynamic: How affluent minorities tend to live in poorer neighborhoods than affluent whites.
In the news this morning: Bilingual parenting, minorities and the debt ceiling, backlash to a biracial Spider-Man, more
Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth - The New York Times The New York mayor has announced plans to spend nearly $130 million on measures to improve the circumstances of young black and Latino men who are "cut off from New York’s civic, educational and economic life.
A wall of rainbow-hued Tampico fruit punch, a staple in the refrigerated drink aisles of grocery stores that cater to Latino customers. It's much like Sunny Delight ingredients-wise (water, high fructose corn syrup, a smidgen of juice concentrate, etc.
In his most recent moonlighted post for KCET, my KPCC colleague Adolfo Guzman-Lopez writes about California's unsung Chilean legacy via the rededication last week of an East L.A. mural of Joaquin Murieta, the storied 19th century bandit.
It's the beginning of the month, time for the latest update from the U.S. State Department's Visa Bulletin. The bulletin lists the categories of hopeful immigrants whose turn has come to enter the United States legally with an immigrant visa.
In the news this morning: Illegal re-entry tops list of federal charges, 18 years of Arpaio's 'tent city,' green cards for entrepreneurs, mo
Illegal re-entry topped all other charges in federal courts - Boston Herald Illegal re-entry was the most frequent federal criminal charge in the United States during the first six months of fiscal 2011.
The Immigration Policy Center has synthesized several recents reports into a snapshot of migration trends from Mexico, which have shifted as fewer Mexicans migrate north, but fewer of those who are already here choose to go back:Source: Immigrationpolicy
Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the original Dream Act. The first Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act was introduced August 1, 2001 by Utah Republican Sen.
Last week, blow-by-blow updates on the deportation of a young man to South Africa scrolled across Twitter over the course of several hours. It wasn't the first time that young immigrant activists have used social media to intervene in a deportation, but in this case, the plane was about to depart.
In the news this morning: DOJ sues over Alabama immigration law, in-state tuition controversy, Illinois Dream Act, more
Justice Dept. challenges tough Ala immigration law - The Associated Press The Obama administration has sued Alabama over a stringent new state immigration law set to take effect Sept.
In case you missed it, the New York Times ran an interesting story this weekend on David Yerushalmi, the little-known Brooklyn attorney who has helped orchestrate a seemingly out-of-nowhere flurry of state initiatives to ban Islamic law from courts, including an Oklahoma measure approved overwhelmingly by voters there last year.
Perhaps the world's most adorable health product mascots, the Sato Pharmaceutical Co. elephants. Born in Japan, these two live in the grocery store at the Mitsuwa Marketplace shopping center in Torrance, where I recently saw a small child pose for a photo with them.
KPCC intern Yasmin Nouh rose long before dawn today to observe the start of Ramadan. As she writes, it's not as easy to observe the Islamic holy month in the United States, with its frenetic pace of life, as it is in places like Egypt and Iran, the countries in which her parents grew up.
In the news this morning: Redistricting and minorities, Illinois Dream Act, immigrant entrepreneurs, asylum difficulties, more
Latest CA Redistricting Maps Satisfy Most Minorities, But Not Latinos - New America Media The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has approved new political boundaries, and civil rights groups are now weighing the impact the maps will have on communities of color.
In light of the recent mass murders in Norway perpetrated by Anders Behring Breivik, a domestic terrorist motivated by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bias, Scientific American has an interesting Q&A with Steven Neuberg, a professor of psychology at Arizona State University.