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
A recent post highlighted a Migration Policy Institute article that explored the origin of the “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin” category on census forms, and in the 40 years that Latinos have been asked to identify in terms of Spanish origin, the varying ways in which they have also come to identify in terms of race.
In the news this morning: Why migration from Mexico has slowed, Latinos and redistricting, Secure Communities, more
For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home - New York Times Migration from Mexico has slowed to a trickle in recent years, in part due to growing economic and educational opportunities in Mexico, along with rising border crime and smaller families.
Inspired by the summer heat or the Fourth of July?
Who has had to wait the longest to come legally to the U.S. as an immigrant this month? As it's been in recent months, it's hopeful immigrants from the Philippines, people being sponsored by their siblings who filed their paperwork back in 1988.
In the news this morning: Language clash over store signs, Georgia's new immigration law, rise in Latino UC students, more
Sign of the times: Proposal to rewrite NYC store signs in English sparks culture clash - The Washington Post Two city council members are drafting legislation that would require store signs in in Flushing, Queens to be primarily in English.
In Los Angeles, the aroma that wafts from backyard barbecues on the Fourth of July varies slightly depending on the neighborhood one finds oneself in.
A city that's perceived by some as multi-culti heaven is a starkly segregated place for many Angelenos, and this map serves as a reminder of that.
In the news this morning: Georgia immigration law kicks in, same-sex partner's deportation stopped, the 'Irvine 11' case, more
Tough Immigration Regulations In Effect In Georgia And South Carolina - Talking Points Memo A federal judge has temporarily blocked parts of a strict new Georgia new immigration law, but the rest goes into effect today, including one provision that would penalize people using a fake ID to get a job.
In case any sort of reminder was needed of how desperate many immigrants are for U.S. citizenship, one came yesterday in the sentencing of Yupeng "David" Deng, a Chinese immigrant from El Monte accused of charging fellow immigrants upwards of $400 to join a bogus “special forces” military unit that he told them would provide a path to citizenship.
By the time an item titled "Korean BBQ Steak Tacos" appeared on the menu at California Pizza Kitchen last year, the defining edible metaphor for 2010s-era Los Angeles had taken a considerable journey.
The immigrant experiences shared in these digital pages are most often those of people whose families came to this country seeking better economic opportunities, freedom from hunger, freedom from oppression, an escape from war, or all of the above.
In the news this morning: Immigrant rights groups sue Sheriff Baca, Obama on E-Verify, Dream Act demonstrations, more
Immigrants rights groups sue LA County sheriff Baca - 89.3 KPCC Immigrant advocacy groups are suing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to force him to hand over information about the department's cooperation with federal immigration authorities, who operate Secure Communities and other programs in county jails aimed at identifying undocumented immigrants.
The OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano knows a thing or two about Mexican food, and not just the traditional stuff that is actually found in Mexico. In his by now legendary “¡Ask a Mexican!” column, Arellano routinely fielded inquiries like “I always wondered why Mexican restaurants en los Estados Unidos use queso amarillo (yellow cheese) on their food.
College students and graduates campaigning for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, heard yesterday in a Senate subcommittee, staged a mock graduation ceremony this morning in Washington, D.
In the news this morning: Dream Act hearing, immigration and demographics, opting out of Secure Communities, more
Senate holds first hearing on DREAM Act - UPI Report on yesterday's first hearing on a new version of the federal immigration bill, in which key White House officials focused on economic and national security issues.