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

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.

Quote of the moment: A Latino first-time voter on offensive campaign ads

“That was the final straw. She was depicting me as a gang member. I served seven years in the Marine Corps.”

Reaction to Oklahoma's controversial, precedent-setting anti-Sharia law

A closely watched and potentially influential state initiative banning the use of Islamic Sharia law (also spelled Shariah and Shari'ah) in Oklahoma passed by an overwhelming margin yesterday.

In the news this morning: Post-election analysis and the Latino vote, a GOP House and immigration, private prisons, more

After brief holdout, Meg Whitman concedes to Jerry Brown - 89.3 KPCC Exit polls showed that Whitman fell short with two key voting groups, Latinos and women.

At the 'Ve y Vota' call center: Taking calls, questions, complaints since 3 a.m.

It's been a long day, but not as long for most as it has been for some of the people staffing the "Ve y Vota" call center at the South L.A. headquarters of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, where calls from voters have been coming in since 3 a.

More attempts to dissuade Latino voters reported

Two weeks after news broke of an unaired ad campaign urging Latinos not to vote, efforts to dissuade Latinos from the polls have reportedly continued into the eleventh hour.

American snapshot: Election Day, Part 2

Another favorite photo from today, snapped while making the reporting rounds in southeast L.A. County.

On the Day of the Dead, remembering the art of José Guadalupe Posada

This Election Day happens to fall on el Día de Los Muertos, the day of the dead. Think Mexican has posted an homage to the late Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, whose skeletal "La Catrina" is synonymous with Mexico's annual celebration of the dead as a part, always, of our lives.

At the polls in Bell, voters are still smarting

Is the political corruption that scandalized Bell a few months ago helping drive voter turnout there today?