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

American snapshot: San Diego

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Latest drama in the governor's race: The undocumented ex-housekeeper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3k-ofBB4Y

Q&A: Disney intern Noor Abdallah on hijab and work

The Muslim intern who fought Disney over her hijab, and won, is a second-generation University of Illinois senior, a psychology major and a native of the Chicago suburbs who “grew up on Disney movies.

In the news this morning: Whitman's Latina housekeeper, La Llorona at Universal Studios, Secure Communities, more

Meg Whitman's Former Housekeeper Will Allege She 'Suffered' As A Household Employee - The Note (Political Punch)

Quote of the moment: Jamiel Shaw's aunt on Colbert immigration testimony

"Would it be comical if your daughter or your son or your niece or nephew was lying in the street dead, shot in the head, by someone living in this country illegally?"

A Disney intern's uniform, with hijab

A Disney intern who did battle with the company over her traditional Islamic religious head scarf, known as hijab, is at work in the job she was hired to do, and in a uniform adapted for her.

In the news this morning: Visa difficulties, Colbert's immigration testimony, Disney's hijab uniform, disaster in Oaxaca, more

Immigration has grown more complicated - USATODAY.com (USA Today)

DREAM Act supporters are back at it after bill is reintroduced

After the failure last week of a Senate bill carrying the DREAM Act to gain sufficient votes for cloture, supporters of the long-running proposed legislation have been granted what they wished for, more or less: a stand-alone bill.

Disney employee allowed to wear hijab, may set precedent for others

A decision by Disney to allow a female Muslim intern to wear a traditional religious head scarf, or hijab, at work could set a precedent for other Disney employees who make an argument to wear the head scarves as part of their work uniform.

In the news this morning: Disney and head scarves, water for lost migrants, a Muslim superhero, DREAM Act and more

Disneyland allows park worker to wear religious scarf at work | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Quote of the moment: Loretta Sanchez vs. "Los Vietnameses"

“Los Vietnameses y los Republicanos están con una intensidad de quitar este puesto, este puesto que ya nosotros hemos hecho tanto para nuestra comunidad, quitarnos este puesto y darselo a este Van Tran, que es muy anti-inmigrante y muy anti-Hispano.

Mr. Colbert goes to Washington (and testifies on immigration)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t39uqg6e4so&feature=player_embedded

In the news this morning: Colbert in Congress, Sanchez on the hot seat in OC, the DREAM Act revisited and more

Fresh off farm gig, comedian Colbert testifies in House hearing - CNN.com

American snapshot: Bell Gardens

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Quote of the moment: A blogger on the DREAM Act and outsourcing

"It doesn't make sense that in this country we have DREAM Act students now graduating from colleges, some with honors, who not only can't work but must sit on the sidelines and watch workers imported from other countries to do the work they can and should be doing.