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
KPCC's Grant Slater and Corey Bridwell interviewed Libyan and Syrian American protesters at a solidarity rally this weekend in West Los Angeles, where people said they had been watching the turmoil back home with a mix of hope and apprehension, fearing for friends and loved ones.
More than a hundred comments have been posted so far in reaction to an interesting opinion piece today from the Los Angeles Times' Gregory Rodriguez on how "the most famous mixed-race person in the world," President Obama, identified himself racially on his census form last year.
A common question that comes up when discussing immigration, legal and illegal, is why it is more people don't get "in line" for a green card. There is a line, indeed, for people who have immediate relatives in the United States and whose families have the resources to sponsor them.
In the news this morning: Border security questions, shark fin soup, migration from North Africa, detention centers and assault, more
Disparity in border security under review - USA Today As illegal immigration debate has intensified in recent years, the federal government's response has been additional border security, putting additional Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops to work along the southwest border.
Before the weekend begins, I'm reposting this too-good-to-miss nugget from a post yesterday. In a piece about hunting for Tapatío hot sauce-flavored Doritos, I included a wonderful, if hard to follow, ode to Tapatío sauce that I came across in an “I Love Tapatío Hot Sauce” section on Experienceproject.
For those closely related to the farm labor movement of the 1960s and 70s, the story of Asian American farm workers and the extent to which these workers were involved in the movement is fairly common knowledge.
My daughter, the astronaut. Spotted at Libreria Martinez, a bookstore and art gallery.
In the news this morning: Minorities and political influence, a dangerous crossing from North Africa, in the fields on Cesar Chavez Day, mor
America's New Electorate - The Atlantic How the growth of minority populations can reshape the political landscape in the U.S.
Last week, I came across a Facebook update from a friend with a photo that made my heart skip a beat. It was a small photo of a bag of Doritos, on the front a familiar and revered image: The smiling man in the sombrero from the label of the Tapatío hot sauce bottle.
Just as some Santa Ana residents are battling gentrification that they fear could displace Latino businesses and residents, so are some of the residents of Boyle Heights, especially those in the sprawling 1939 mega-complex known as the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments.
The polling firm Latino Decisions has put together an interesting chart using census data that lists the potential states where Latino voters might have the most influence in the November 2012 presidential and U.
In the news this morning: FBI records of Muslim inquiry to be released, suspected smuggling off Malibu, boy attacks girl wearing hijab, more
Court orders Muslims' records released - San Francisco Chronicle A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to release the records of FBI inquiries into Muslim activists who say they were spied on.
Today's Patt Morrison show on KPCC featured a segment on one of my favorite Los Angeles neighborhoods, Boyle Heights.
And while those of us there didn't come away with any clear answer, we did come away with some great ideas and insightful observations from both the audience and the panelists.
Rina Palta of Multi-American's sister blog The Informant, which covers crime and courts in the Bay Area, has pulled together some good recent reports on the business of immigrant detention, for-profit private prison companies that contract with the federal government to hold immigrants who are awaiting or fighting their deportation.