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
Sunday marks five years since the massive immigration reform marches of May 1, 2006. It was that year, amid a wave of activism, that May 1 first became closely associated with immigration rallies.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities under scrutiny, the other L.A. book festival this weekend, remembering the 1992 riots, more
Immigrants' fingerprinting program under scrutiny - Associated Press California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren is pushing for an investigation into whether Homeland Security employees lied to the public, local governments and Congress about the Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.
Last week, Multi-American kicked off a series of informal guides to the ethnic supermarket, the mega-bodegas of all flavors that have become part of the regional landscape as Southern California’s immigrant enclaves have grown and evolved.
Almond cookies, tres leches cake y café under one roof at a multilingual bakery on Cesar Chavez Boulevard, at the southern edge of Chinatown.
It has been a long, strange trip for "Smuggle Truck," the proposed human smuggling-themed game featuring a truck full of smuggled migrants bouncing through the wilderness, with the goal of players to keep the human cargo from being thrown off.
In the news this morning: More grim discoveries in Tamaulipas, Apple rejects immigration-themed game, 'birther' Donald Trump, more
Body count from Mexican mass graves nears 300 - Reuters The search for victims in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas continues. Many of the dead are believed to be migrant workers who refused to cooperate with drug smugglers.
In John F. Kennedy's day, it was the anti-Catholics who dogged the Irish American presidential candidate, raising fears that having a Catholic descendant of immigrants in the White House could mean a United States under the influence of the Vatican and a compromise of the firewall between church and state.
A few posts in the past weeks have discussed interracial relationships, drawing several comments from readers who shared their thoughts and personal stories.
A report released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center on the Latino electorate in 2010 led to very different headlines as news outlets reported the results, and for good reason.
In the news this morning: Student deportations under review, SB 1070 anniversary, Obama's long-form birth certificate released, more
Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Under Review - New York Times Pressure has been on the Obama administration to offer protection from deportation to undocumented college students who might have been eligible for legal status under the Dream Act.
An intriguing post on the Being Latino website today points out, if unscientifically, the tug-of-war between family and career that pulls at some young Latinos - and which I suspect pulls at other children of immigrants, too.
A California state bill heard in Sacramento today that challenges the embattled federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities has cleared a public safety committee vote.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities controversy, Florida immigrants rally, grim discoveries continue in Tamaulipas, more
Janet Napolitano clarifies immigration program - San Francisco Chronicle Amid controversy over misleading e-mails and a California opt-out bill, the Homeland Security chief has reiterated that local governments cannot decide on their own to "exclude themselves" from the Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program.
A post from last Friday detailing how undocumented youths have been using social media to build a support network - and in some cases, to fight deportation - was widely circulated over the weekend.
A year ago Saturday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the controversial measure known as SB 1070. Among other things, this stringent anti-illegal immigration law was to empower local police to check the immigration status of people they stopped if there was "reasonable suspicion" to believe they were in the country illegally, make it necessary for immigrants to carry their documents, and made it difficult to hire or work as a day laborer.