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

Michele Norris's 'The Grace of Silence:' the conundrum of racism and what isn't said

Tomorrow I'll be interviewing Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, about her recently published memoir, The Grace of Silence. It's a powerful book that began as an exploration of race and the unspoken conversations surrounding it in the United States.

Report: If they could, some U.S. Latinos would rather live elsewhere

The results of a Gallup study released yesterday show that if some of the nation's Latinos could live elsewhere, they would. Based on a telephone survey of 1,000 Latino adults, the new study shows that more than one in seven, or an estimated 4 million, would leave the United States if they could.

In the news this morning: Another Arizona-style law, a tragic adoption-deportation case, racial obstacles for the GOP, more

Texas Immigration Law Under Proposal Would Resemble Arizona's Hard-Line Approach - Huffington Post A proposed immigration law in Texas closely resembles Arizona's controversial statute.

Immigrants and the 'new maturity' of L.A.

A report released last week by Cal State Los Angeles' Pat Brown Institute contains an interesting section about immigration and the "new maturity" of Los Angeles, examining the interwoven relationship between immigrants who settle in Los Angeles, the children they raise here, and the city's changing face as native-born Angelenos become the majority and the city's post-World War II baby boom generation reaches retirement age.

American snapshot: Koreatown

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Longest waits for immigrant visas: November

We're into the second week of November, which means it's high time that I post the longest current waits as listed in the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin.

In the news this morning: Bay Area shooting sentence follow-up, Oklahoma anti-Sharia bill on hold, Texas immigration bills, more

Mehserle protesters await prosecutors' decision - San Francisco Chronicle The 152 protesters were arrested Friday night protest in Oakland while protesting the two-year sentence for a former BART police officer in the killing of Oscar Grant, an unarmed man.

Cholagate! Reaction, fallout over the identity of 'Ask A Chola'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBXV6rm97yQ

Report: Black, Latino kids see more fast food ads

The Salud Today blog dug this morsel out of a new report from the Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity:

In the news this morning: Immigrant entrepreneurs, regional impact of Latino vote, disabled and in deportation, more

Visa Policy Change Would Lure Entrepreneurial Immigrants - Capitol News Connection Some lawmakers and high-tech industry lobbyists are pushing for the creation of a "Startup Visa" program that would provide green cards to immigrant entrepreneurs.

On brown restrictionism and the midterm

This week's midterm election gave us much food for thought regarding the role of minorities in the outcome, and among the more interesting items on the menu has been victories of several minority Republican candidates in state and national elections.

In the news this morning: Teacher workshops on Islam, Democratic minority voters vs. GOP minority candidates, more

LA Unified teachers take Islam workshop - 89.3 KPCC In weekend classes, teachers learned about Islamic faith, culture, and the Middle East.

Que viva el Vivaporu

So being out sick today has me thinking about ways to feel better, and while I have yet to reach into the medicine cabinet for it, I've been thinking about Vivaporu.

In the news this morning: The underestimated Latino vote, SB 1070's Russell Pearce to lead AZ senate, more

Did Polls Underestimate Democrats' Latino Vote? - New York Times Yes. From the story: "In Nevada, however, where most polls showed Sharron Angle ahead and Harry Reid instead won by almost 6 points, the polls were pretty far off the mark.

Hasta mañana

After fulfilling my civic duty yesterday and then some, I'll be out for the rest of today.