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

American snapshot: Alhambra

In keeping with yesterday's post, a commercial sign that hints at the ethnic mix in Alhambra, home now to a community news website published in English, Spanish and Mandarin. I've been encountering this sign during my commute north since starting here during the summer.

In the news this morning: A deportation mess, Dobbs vs. The Nation, Angle on Muslims, the Pennsylvania hate beating

How Immigration Reform Got Caught in the Deportation Dragnet - COLORLINES How a young Texan born in Bangladesh wound up deported after a quick trip to Mexico.

Ouch: "Perhaps Lou & Mage (sic) Whitman use the same staffing firm?"

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American snapshot: Christmas in Alhambra

Santa flies Old Glory outside a Latino household in the San Gabriel Valley majority minority city, whose population is about half Asian and a third Latino. Alhambra recently became home to a multilingual community news website in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

In the news this morning: Lou Dobbs' hiring practices, Meg Whitman's maid, record deportations and more

Report: Lou Dobbs Used Illegal Immigrant Labor - Political Hotsheet - CBS News The "what the..." story of the moment: CBS' take on The Nation's investigation (below) into Dobbs' hiring practices.

An Arizona-style initiative in California?

Shortly before Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration measure was signed into law last spring, I spoke with a few political experts about what sort of ripple effect it might have.

In the news this morning: Brewer and SB 1070, records deaths in AZ, CA governor's race and more

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slams 'foreign interference' in immigration lawsuit - POLITICO.com Gov. Brewer has asked a federal court not to allow foreign governments to join the U.S. Justice Department’s suit to overturn the law.

To taco truck or not to taco truck? Tonight, a forum on the food truck scene

Did you know that yesterday was National Taco Day? Yeah, well, I didn't either.

Pew voter survey: Two-thirds of Latino voters plan to support Democrats

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center indicates significantly stronger support for Democratic candidates among Latino voters this year, though voter motivation is weak overall, and conservative Latinos appear more motivated to go to the polls.

In the news this morning: Whitman recaps, criminal deportations, 200 Mexico photos, the Latino health paradox and more

After allegations, reconstructing Whitman's immigration stance | California Watch Just what has Meg Whitman said in the past regarding employers and illegal immigration?

Illegal hiring 101: IRCA, employer sanctions and the underground economy

The scandal that erupted last week over gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's nine-year employment of an undocumented housekeeper has thrown a spotlight on Americans' dependence on unauthorized labor, in the home and in the general economy.

Longest waits for immigrant visas: October

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: Whitman and the underground economy, immigrant detention, subtitled telenovelas, more

Whitman's - and California's - immigration hypocrisy -- Los Angeles Times How the Whitman housekeeper scandal highlights dependence on undocumented workers.

American snapshots: Cleaning up in L.A.

Yesterday afternoon I caught up with Juana, the subject of an earlier post in which the Los Angeles domestica dished on the housekeeping industry, the need (or not) for papers, and the scandal over Meg Whitman's maid.

Because it's Friday: "Detained in the Desert"

How do a second-generation Latina protesting anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona and an immigrant-bashing radio talk show host wind up stranded together in the desert? The answer is in Josefina Lopez's new play "Detained in the Desert," debuting tonight in Boyle Heights at the Casa 0101 Theater.