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

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.

Mr. Hernandez goes to Washington

Daniel Hernandez, the young college intern who came to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' rescue after she was shot earlier this month in Tucson, will attend President Obama's State of the Union Address as a guest of Michelle Obama, along with the family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who died in the Jan.

In the news this morning: New tack on employers and immigration, trucker in 2003 smuggling deaths re-sentenced, Homeboy Industries gets roll

GOP to target employers who hire illegal workers - 89.3 KPCC After long pushing border enforcement, GOP leaders in the House are taking a different tack, promising to go after employers who provide an employment magnet by hiring unauthorized workers.

Why kimchi on a burger makes perfect sense

While food bloggers and food consumers on Twitter buzzed last week over the Sushirrito (exactly what it sounds like, though only in San Francisco at the moment) I contented myself with a more humble creation from an L.

Recapping a weekend of Mark Sanchez stories

Had the New York Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, Mark Sanchez would have been the second Latino quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the Super Bowl. He wasn't, and I don't follow football closely enough to get into the reasons why or what a faulty headset might have had to do with it.

Featured comment: One reader's plea for 'space' in Compton

A post from last week regarding the political scenario in Compton, where Latino residents are vying with the city's established but shrinking African American community for political power, drew a series of comments over the weekend.

In the news this morning: Chipotle immigration protests, the virtual fence, the 'Sanchize,' Hollywood green card marriage, more

Chipotle Faces Protesters After Firings Over Audit - Wall Street Journal The Denver-based corporate burrito chain fired a large number of employees from its Minnesota restaurants after records were audited by U.

Revisiting the Valley, in Dr. King's time

Among the favorite pieces I've read in recent days is the transcript of Kevin Roderick's weekly column for KCRW that aired earlier this week. Roderick, who edits LA Observed, reported on the 50th anniversary last weekend of a visit that Martin Luther King, Jr.

Compton: A shifting population, except in City Hall

When the initial 2010 census results were released last month, the attention quickly turned to the nation's growing Latino population and, in turn, how it will shape the political landscape.

Reactions to Limbaugh's 'ching chong' mockery

In the 24 hours or so since radio host Rush Limbaugh mocked Chinese president Hu Jintao's speech yesterday, making a series of "ching chong, ching chow" sounds as his, er, approximation of Chinese language, the reaction has come swiftly, angrily, and on the late-night circuit, comically.

In the news this morning: Tough immigration bills filed in new Congress, Haiti deportations, more

More bills seek crackdown on immigration - USA Today Most of the bills that have been filed in the new Congress have been aimed at cracking down on immigrants, including those here legally and illegally.

Quote of the moment: A different perspective on 'Tiger Mother' parenting

"Certainly, the idea of a traditional Chinese parenting style would surprise the billion inhabitants of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, few of whom attended Harvard, became a doctor, lawyer, or banker, or ever completed a Scantron.