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 reader responding to a recent collection of awkward language moments experienced by English learners, or people who were raised by them, has shared a good one: "pik-sa," better known as pizza.
The story of David Deng, a Chinese immigrant from El Monte accused of charging fellow Chinese immigrants upwards of $400 to join a bogus "special forces" military unit that could lead them to U.
In the news this morning: Nacho Cheese tacos, L.A. May Day march, a more diverse Harvard, lawsuit over detained LGBT immigrants, more
Ouch, Our Arteries: Taco Bell Tests Shell Made of Nacho Cheese Doritos - TIME Dusty cheesy flavor-blasted taco shells? Please, Taco Bell, say it isn't so.
As it promotes its special quarterly issue highlighting Los Angeles, the magazine GOOD recently posted an interesting short piece that examines how diversity is measured - and where, depending on the metrics, Los Angeles places among other large U.
On Monday, France implemented a controversial ban on the face-covering veils worn by some Muslim women, which are referred to there as burqa or niqab. Women who continue to wear the veils are subject to steep fines if cited.
In the news this morning: A fake 'army unit' citizenship swindle, the Muslim veil debate, Latino kids and exercise, more
Man falsely promotes US citizenship through 'special' army unit, prosecutors say - 89.3 KPCC Yupeng David Deng of El Monte allegedly charged Chinese immigrants to join a phony military unit, promising it would lead to U.
Thank you, News Taco, for calling to mind a term that merits a place in the evolving cultural mashup dictionary: Googlear.
The Arizona law that became one of last year's biggest immigration stories has been shot down in federal appeals court, at least for now. Yesterday, a judge in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court judge's decision from last summer to block several of the most controversial components of SB 1070, among them a provision empowering local police to check for immigration status given "reasonable suspicion" that someone may be in the country illegally.
A post yesterday on the trend among young, undocumented student activists and their supporters of revealing their immigration status, done as a political act, has drawn some interesting comments.
In the news this morning: Appeals court rules against Arizona in SB 1070 case, French burqa ban, Utah immigration compact, more
Ninth Circuit Court Rules Against Arizona Immigration Law - New York Times The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Arizona, letting stand a lower court decision that last year blocked the most contentious parts of the state’s anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070.
An insightful comment came in this afternoon in response to the racial tension that's surrounded the attack on opening day at Dodger Stadium of Bryan Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz.
The "uncomfortable racial undercurrent" I mentioned in a post Friday on the discussion surrounding the severe beating of a white San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium opening night, by two men described as Latino, has not become any more comfortable over the weekend.
A couple of posts last month addressed a strategy that a growing number of undocumented youths have embraced as they campaign for legalization, revealing their immigration status as a political act.
In the news this morning: France burqa ban, Latino population growth and the GOP, 'LA Plaza' in LA, no arrests in Sikh shooting, more
France's Burqa Ban Adds To Anti-Muslim Climate - NPR A law banning the public use of veils covering the face, as worn by Muslim women, goes into effect in France today.
In a post earlier this week, I described what can best be called being haunted by the ESL ghost. I learned English in kindergarten and have no discernible accent, no trace of my native Spanish in my otherwise very American-sounding speech.