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
Since the conviction last week of Shawna Forde for murder in the 2009 home invasion slaying of a Latino father and his 9-year-old daughter in rural Arivaca, Arizona, there have been sighs of relief among those who had called for justice, but also bitter questions about how the murder and trial were covered by media, in particular the degree of attention paid to Forde's radical nativism.
Over the past several days, the Los Angles Times has featured an extensive compilation of records pertaining to the life and death of veteran journalist Ruben Salazar, an award-winning Times columnist and news director for KMEX-TV who was killed in 1970 during a violent protest in East Los Angeles.
In the news this morning: Doubts linger over Salazar's death, an 'omnibus' immigration bill in Arizona, Miami housewives, more
Ruben Salazar: A witness remains suspicious about Ruben Salazar's death - Los Angeles Times The draft version of a report due out today does not assign blame for the death of the veteran Los Angeles journalist during a 1970 protest, but a photographer who witnessed the scene outside the building in which Salazar was struck by a tear gas projectile still has his doubts.
It's a holiday, so today's list is a little different. No big headlines, just a few eclectic selections published over the weekend that are better suited to leisurely reading over a third cup of coffee:
The biggest news yet from the 2010 Census as state-by-state ethnic and racial data comes out is yesterday's numbers from Texas, which show that the state's Latino population has soared, accounting for 65 percent of its population growth between 2000 and 2010.
In the news this morning: Census shows more Latino Texans, foreign-born workers find jobs, the perils faced by immigration agents, more
Latino Numbers Soar in Texas - Wall Street Journal 2010 census data is rolling out state by state, and yesterday's figures released for Texas revealed that Latinos accounted for 65% of the state's population growth over the past decade, and for 95% of the jump in a rapidly growing under-18 population.
Los Angeles is a town full of Latino Dodger fans, but a Los Angeles Times story from earlier this week got at yet another one of Latino L.A.'s sports obsessions, the Lakers, whose purple and gold flags fly from car antennas in noticeable abundance on the Eastside this time of year.
In the news this morning: An immigrant businessman's plight, Latinos and the census, an immigration crackdown on businesses, more
Crackdown in Virginia Strips Legal Immigrant of His Livelihood - New York Times A Tunisian immigrant's limo business is on the rocks after an immigration crackdown costs him his driver's license, though he's in the country legally.
As protests continue in the Middle East, including in Iran, members of Los Angeles' large Iranian American community have been closely watching the unrest from afar, with local supporters of the pro-democracy demonstrators rallying in solidarity last weekend.
I was driving through Silver Lake the other day when I saw something I'd expected to see eventually, but hoped I wouldn't: an empty storefront at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Hyperion Avenue where a tiny Salvadoran pupuseria had stood for years, tucked between an upscale gelateria and a dentist office.
In the news this morning: Iranian American reactions, the Lakers and Latinos, Oklahoma immigration bills echo Arizona's, more
Unrest in Iran: SoCal Iranian-Americans weigh in on protests - 89.3 KPCC Siamak Kalhor, the host of Radio Iran in Los Angeles, joined KPCC's Madeleine Brand show this morning.
Plans for a hearing today on an Arizona senate bill whose proponents hope to deny birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants were temporarily put off until next week, with legislators giving priority to a tax-cut bill.
In the news this morning: Arizona hospital bill, Tunisian migrants, birthright bill hearing postponed, a conviction in border murders, more
Arizona bill brings hospitals into immigration fray - Politico The state bill would require hospitals to check on whether a patient is in the country illegally. It's the first of its kind on the country, and has drawn heavy criticism from doctors.