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

Ads targeting Latinos: 'Don't vote.'

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Quote of the moment: 'Some of you look a little more Asian to me'

"...I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that."

Interesting take on Disney workers' hijab and the mainstreaming of Muslim culture

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote about Noor Abdallah and Imane Boudial, the two Muslim women working at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim who were pressuring their employer for the right to wear hijab at work.

An interactive map of Latino voters

The Pew Hispanic Center has released a new interactive map of the Latino electorate, illustrating the percentage of eligible Latino voters by state.

In the news this morning: The PA hate crime conviction, the EPA and communities of color, a birthright citizenship bill, more

Soul-searching in Shenandoah - Opinion - The Times-Tribune On the conviction last week of two young Pennsylvania men for the hate-crime beating death of undocumented immigrant Luis Ramirez in 2008.

American snapshot: Bell

And no, this photo has nothing to do with Bell's political corruption scandal, even if that's what I was writing about when I took it.

The conversation over 'illegals' and 'illegal' immigrants continues

The debate this week over using the term "illegals" to refer to immigrants who have entered the country or overstayed their visas illegally continues. And reading the comments beneath a series of posts on ColorLines, The American Prospect, The Washington Post and other sites has been fascinating, a bit like being a fly on the wall at a gathering where a heated debate is taking place among the guests.

Ozomatli's get-out-the-vote single

L.A.'s Ozomatli has jumped into get-out-the-vote efforts with a new bilingual single titled "Respeto," Spanish for "respect," released yesterday as part of a joint project with the National Council of La Raza.

In the news this morning: Bilingualism and brain power, hate crime conviction in PA, Secure Communities and 287(g), more

Can bilingualism improve your brain's multitasking power? - Los Angeles Times Weighing the benefits of raising children bilingually from an early age.

Quote of the moment: ColorLines publisher on why she doesn't use the term 'illegals'

"There’s no conflict between honest reporting and dropping the i-word. I use undocumented and unauthorized regularly, as this is a matter of permission represented by a piece of paper.

Report: The growing influence of immigrant and second-generation voters

A report on immigrant and second-generation voters released today by the Immigration Policy Center concludes that one in 10 registered voters in 2008 was a "new American." According to the report, 9.

In the news this morning: Deported by mistake, the Latino health paradox, the Sanchez-Tran debate and more

The Associated Press: Lawsuit: Mentally ill US citizen wrongly deported A mentally disabled U.S. citizen who spoke no Spanish was deported to Mexico after immigration agents manipulated him into signing documents, a lawsuit alleges.

287(g) basics: How the federal-local immigration partnership works

Last night, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the county’s participation in a partnership between Sheriff’s Department officials and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement known as 287(g), which allows deputies to screen people who land in county jail for immigration status.

CDC report: Latinas live longer

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first-ever report on Hispanic life expectancy, and the long-life winners are Latinas, whose life expectancy tops the list at 83.

In the news this morning: Fox in Spanish, Whitman in Mandarin, County supervisors continue immigration program, more

Harold Meyerson - Latino voters may make the difference for California Democrats on Election Day - The Washington Post In 2008, Latinos were 21 percent of California voters -- a six-point increase over their share in the 2006 midterms.