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

The man who bought Magic's Lakers stake

So who is the billionaire Lakers season ticket holder to whom Magic Johnson has sold his 4.5 percent ownership stake in the team?

Q&A: NALEO's Arturo Vargas on the "don't vote" ad and getting Latinos to the polls

It's been the most outrageous political story of the week so far: Television ads produced by a GOP-affiliated 527 group called Latinos for Reform that, in the most direct way possible, urged Latinos not to vote.

In the news this morning: The man behind the 'Don't vote' ads, a nationwide challenge to birthright citizenship, more

The Last Word - GOP past of leader behind 'Don't Vote' ad - msnbc.com Video of host Lawrence O'Donnell grilling Latinos for Reform leader and longtime GOP political operative Robert De Posada on his 'Don't vote' ads targeting Latinos and his background.

A 'nationwide task force' takes on the 14th Amendment

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce held a press conference today in Phoenix to discuss plans for a state measure challenging automatic U.S. citizenship for children born in this country to undocumented immigrants.

Featured comment: A reader on the 'Don't vote' ad targeting Latinos

"Settling on an adjective to describe this ad, and campaign, escapes me now; I've no hope of finding one any time soon."

In the news this morning: Latinos told not to vote, inter-racial dorm assignments, more

Ads targeting Latinos: "Don't vote" - Multi-American/KPCC A GOP-affiliated group has produced ads in English and Spanish urging Latinos not to vote in the coming election.

Ads targeting Latinos: 'Don't vote.'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP7_JMtPMRM&feature=player_embedded

Quote of the moment: 'Some of you look a little more Asian to me'

"...I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that."

Interesting take on Disney workers' hijab and the mainstreaming of Muslim culture

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote about Noor Abdallah and Imane Boudial, the two Muslim women working at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim who were pressuring their employer for the right to wear hijab at work.

An interactive map of Latino voters

The Pew Hispanic Center has released a new interactive map of the Latino electorate, illustrating the percentage of eligible Latino voters by state.

In the news this morning: The PA hate crime conviction, the EPA and communities of color, a birthright citizenship bill, more

Soul-searching in Shenandoah - Opinion - The Times-Tribune On the conviction last week of two young Pennsylvania men for the hate-crime beating death of undocumented immigrant Luis Ramirez in 2008.

American snapshot: Bell

And no, this photo has nothing to do with Bell's political corruption scandal, even if that's what I was writing about when I took it.

The conversation over 'illegals' and 'illegal' immigrants continues

The debate this week over using the term "illegals" to refer to immigrants who have entered the country or overstayed their visas illegally continues. And reading the comments beneath a series of posts on ColorLines, The American Prospect, The Washington Post and other sites has been fascinating, a bit like being a fly on the wall at a gathering where a heated debate is taking place among the guests.

Ozomatli's get-out-the-vote single

L.A.'s Ozomatli has jumped into get-out-the-vote efforts with a new bilingual single titled "Respeto," Spanish for "respect," released yesterday as part of a joint project with the National Council of La Raza.

In the news this morning: Bilingualism and brain power, hate crime conviction in PA, Secure Communities and 287(g), more

Can bilingualism improve your brain's multitasking power? - Los Angeles Times Weighing the benefits of raising children bilingually from an early age.