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

Five key things to know about the birthright citizenship debate

In recent months, the discussion over whether the United States should deny citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants has moved from the fringes of the immigration debate to center stage.

Many braceros still fighting for lost wages

KPCC's Brian Watt and Quyen Lovrich had a story last night about the continuing struggle of elderly ex-bracero guest workers trying to obtain lost compensation from the Mexican government.

In the news this morning: Forced trips to Juarez for visas, underwater scooters, New Mexico plan criticized, Egyptian Americans speak out, m

Dying for a Green Card - Mother Jones Story poses the question, "Why does the US force legal immigrants to get their visas in Juárez, Mexico's murder capital?"

From readers, thoughts on the 14th Amendment debate

Yesterday I wrapped up a weeklong series of posts on the battle over birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which as interpreted guarantees citizenship to all those born on U.

Report: Most undocumented parents arrived long before having kids

An interesting nugget buried inside a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center is relevant to the current debate over birthright citizenship brewing in Congress and state legislatures.

In the news this morning: Lunar New Year, states keep copying SB 1070, Middle East worries on Main Street and more

L.A. area's Asian communities celebrate Lunar New Year - Los Angeles Times Happy new year! Today marks the start of the 15-day Lunar New Year celebration. On the Chinese calendar, it's the Year of the Rabbit; for the Vietnamese, it's the Year of the Cat.

American snapshot: West L.A., January 29

I came across photographer Asim Bharwani's terrific Flickr photostream this week while searching for photos of Saturday's Egyptian solidarity rally in front of the federal building in West Los Angeles, organized by Egyptian Americans from Southern California.

The future of birthright citizenship: A wrap-up

During the past week, Multi-American has dissected the growing debate over the United States' longstanding policy of jus soli citizenship, commonly known as birthright citizenship.

For some Egyptian Americans, the revolution will be Facebooked

Social media has played a remarkable role not only in how Egyptians used it to coordinate the anti-government protests that are now in their ninth day, but in how the world has witnessed, relayed information, and organized around the crisis.

In the news this morning: Birthright citizenship, immigration prosecutions, support for Muslim UCI students, deportee and detainee deaths, m

The end of birthright citizenship: Could it happen here? - MULTI-AMERICAN Part of a series exploring the battle over the 14th Amendment as legislators opposed to birthright citizenship push proposals that would deny automatic citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants.

The end of birthright citizenship: Could it happen here?

In September, a report from the Migration Policy Institute took a shot at predicting what the unauthorized population of the United States might look like in 2050 if birthright citizenship were repealed.

'Narco novias' and the drug war art of Carolyn Castaño

The ugliness of the drug war has inspired some hauntingly beautiful paintings from a Los Angeles artist, the daughter of immigrant parents from Colombia. KPCC's Alfredo Guzman-Lopez interviewed Carolyn Castaño, who has created a series of paintings based on real-life "narco novias," women drawn into the netherworld of drug cartels through romantic entanglements.

On the emergence of a mixed race nation

One of the most e-mailed and tweeted stories yesterday involved students from the University of Maryland, but it involved a subject very close to the heart of Southern California. The New York Times piece explored the emergence of a mixed race America created by immigration and intermarriage through the members of the university's Multiracial and Biracial Student Association, a group of students of mixed racial and ethnic heritage ranging from black-white to Japanese-Irish who are proud to identify as such.

In the news this morning: English-only bills, Napolitano defends her record, young Egyptian Americans on the turmoil in Egypt, more

English-Only and English as Official Language Bills Gain Momentum - Fox News Latino The English-only movement continues, this time in the form of bills being pushed in Indiana and Minnesota.

An Egyptian American blogger's take on the crisis through two different lenses

The blog Muslim Matters has an interesting post from a second-generation Egyptian American who was born in the United States but raised in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, giving him unique perspective on the anti-government demonstrations rocking Egypt.