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

Poll: Majority of CA voters say immigrants working here illegally should be able to stay

A story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times reported the results of a new LAT/University of Southern California poll that found most California voters to hold a positive view of immigrants, as well as a lenient attitude toward those here illegally.

Quotes of the moment: Muslims on NPR's Williams incident as a teachable moment

"We need to use this moment as a catalyst to open a national debate about the grievous misconceptions, fear and suspicion about Islam and Muslims. This discussion needs to be elevated to ethical discourse beyond biases and prejudices.

The richest man in L.A. (and new owner of Magic's stake in the Lakers), part 2

Yesterday I wrote about Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the former surgeon turned billionaire cancer-drug developer, philanthropist, and now owner of what was Magic Johnson's small share in the Los Angeles Lakers.

In the news this morning: Whitman and Latino voters, Williams' extended Fox contract, immigration dismissals, more

Whitman struggling to close the deal with Latinos - 89.3 KPCC Meg Whitman had hoped to win over more Latino voters, who make up about a fifth of the state's electorate, to beat Jerry Brown in the race for governor.

From La Casa Blanca to la casa de Piolín

L.A's Univision radio host Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo traveled last year to "La Casa Blanca," Spanish for the White House, to interview President Obama in the Oval Office; today, Obama will visit "la casa de Piolín" for an in-studio interview with Sotelo during his visit to Los Angeles.

In the news, this afternoon: 'Don't vote' fallout, Juan Williams fired over Muslim remarks, Ozomatli at USC rally, more

Latinos for Reform Head Robert de Posada Defends Controversial 'Don't Vote' Ad - The Note - ABC News The longtime GOP operative said he’s not planning to buy any more airtime, but he'll continue to push the ad, which tells Latinos not to vote, on the Internet.

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.'

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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.