Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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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

A writer asks: What if the Arizona shooter had been Latino?

An opinion piece from an NPR contributor relating ethnicity to last Saturday's shooting in Tucson has drawn hundreds of comments on the website. Titled "Across America, Latino Community Sighs With Relief," it poses this question: What if the gunman had been Latino?

In the news this morning: GOP leaders court Latino voters, more on border agent accused of harboring, Arizona and immigration politics, more

GOP Tries New Effort To Bring In Hispanic Voters - NPR Republican leaders that include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are launching a new effort to reach out to Latino voters.

Quote of the moment: Daniel Hernandez at the Tucson memorial service

"On Saturday, we all became Tucsonans. On Saturday, we all became Arizonans. And above all, we all became Americans."

San Francisco's first Chinese American mayor

The city whose past is perhaps most closely intertwined with Asian immigrant history, including its most troubled periods, has achieved a milestone: San Francisco has its first Asian American mayor.

In the news this late morning/early afternoon: More on immigration and rhetoric, new House immigration leader, farm labor plans, more

Hi, all. I'm off to a later start that usual after a non-blogging assignment last night. But without further ado, here's the mid-day reading list:

The forgotten history of Angelenos' lost ñ

I linked earlier to a post on the KCET website by author D.J. Waldie on the disappearance of the Spanish consonant ñ, pronounced "enye," from the word that we in Los Angeles use to describe ourselves, and from our regional identity altogether.

Quote of the moment: UC Berkeley chancellor on the Arizona shooting and immigration

"A climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated can lead to such a tragedy."

In the news this morning: The Florida 'Arizona' law, Tucson sheriff's immigration stance, trafficking suspect arrested, gay heroes, more

Florida lawmakers size up Arizona-style bill - Miami Herald Gov. Rick Scott's plan to bring an SB 1070-style immigration law to Florida may have trouble passing in Florida, some state lawmakers say.

Tweet of the moment: The irony of the hero intern

Jan Brewer now honoring Daniel Hernandez as hero, which he is.

Why Arizona intern Daniel Hernandez's heroism is about much more than that

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1_8ASswyZ0

After the Tucson shooting, conversation about 'rhetoric' remains tied to immigration

It's a given that the suspected gunman in the fatal shooting that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this weekend in Tucson wasn't acting purely on the political rhetoric coming out of the Grand Canyon State, nor on Sarah Palin's map of congressional districts with crosshairs over them.

In the news this morning: The Arizona shooting, ethnic studies, birthright citizenship and more

Arizona shooting: Arizona's us-versus-them brand of politics - Los Angeles Times From the story: "Condemnation of the state's tough law on illegal immigration — including boycotts that cost the state millions of dollars — has furthered an us-versus-them attitude among some Arizonans.

Immigration, hate, and the Arizona shooting

How much of a role did the immigration debate and racial-ethnic hatred play in yesterday's devastating shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, among them U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords? The motive of suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner, described as mentally unstable, is still unclear and may always be.

American snapshot: Tax season in Downey

This Downey income tax office is pure So Cal Americana: a flag-bedecked, immigrant-owned operation whose waving Lady Liberties have last names like Romero and Subia.

'Multiculturals' on ice (okay, snow)

A story from ESPN on "multicultural" involvement in snow sports – and a marketing report aimed at getting more skiers and snowboarders of color onto the slopes - has caught my attention, because it's a topic that's close to my heart.