Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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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
A few stories and essays stood out this week, providing insight on recent news events, such as the tragic migrant slayings near the Texas border in Mexico, or shedding light on the little-known, as did a standout NPR piece on a new book that analyzes the onetime iconic film character Charlie Chan through the lens of the cultural and racial politics of his era.
Every month, Multi-American is posting the longest current waits as listed in the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin.
In the news this morning: No Quran burning, a calm fourth night in Westlake, Eid holiday tomorrow, and more
Essayist: Before Burning Quran, Know What's In It : NPR (NPR)
Yesterday I posted on the trademarking of "Los Doyers," the Dodgers nickname resulting from the team's name being mispronounced in Spanish. Now, LA Observed reports that a website that sold "Los Doyers" merchandise prior to the trademark was recently asked to stop selling it.
In the news this morning: Trafficked farmworkers, arrests in Mexico migrant slayings, 37 held in drop house, and more
Thai farmworkers describe being lured into slavery in U.S. - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)
Now for a story that I absolutely freaking love: The trademarking of "Los Doyers" (as in the accented Spanish mispronunciation of "Dodgers") by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team trademarked "Los Doyers," by now a nickname so common that it's mispronounced on purpose, last month.
It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy.
In the news this morning: Immigration in the kitchen, an 'anchor baby' speaks out, anti-Muslim hate crimes and more
Immigration Debate Steps Into the Kitchen - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)
A good post-holiday morning to all.
"Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."