Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
In the news this morning: Human smuggling by sea, Dream Act supporters not giving up, competing congregations and more
Illegal immigrants smuggled into Newport Beach on boat, authorities say - Los Angeles Times Eight to 10 people reportedly came ashore on a small boat yesterday and shed their life jackets and some clothes before scattering.
A cuddly Christmas pachyderm helps move product during a post-holiday sale at the Mitsuwa Marketplace, the Japanese shopping emporium on Western Avenue.
It was the Obama administration's strategic trade-off on immigration: A stepped-up approach to enforcement which, the President hoped, would help win over Republican lawmakers for bipartisan support of a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
As the 111th U.S. Congress heads out the door without an immigration overhaul to its credit and a new Republican-led House takes over in January, what happens now?
In the news this morning: More migrants kidnapped, a 2010 immigration timeline, tighter laws expected, paisa bars and more
El Salvador: 3 migrants abducted in Mexico, 5 flee - The Associated Press El Salvador's foreign ministry reports that nine migrants were kidnapped from a train in Mexico last week; five escaped, one died and three are missing.
Immigration has been one of the biggest topics in the news this year, pretty much as it has been nearly every year during the past decade. This year was of special interest, however, not only in terms of what happened (as in Arizona's partial enactment of its precedent-setting SB 1070), but also because of what didn't happen, as in the recent defeat of the Dream Act.
The holidays aren't over yet, right?
On the heels of weeks of Christmas shopping in stores filled with far too many perplexing choices, New American Media published a great Q&A this weekend with Columbia University business professor Sheena Iyengar, author of the book "The Art of Choosing.
In the news this morning: A town that Latinos are leaving, big political shift expected on immigration, the value of Kwanzaa and more
Citing police abuse, Hispanics leaving Conn. town - The Associated Press Racial profiling allegations began about two years ago in East Haven, a predominantly Italian-American suburb 70 miles northeast of New York City.
Santa flies the Stars and Stripes 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 new Congress, detours ahead for immigration bills - USA Today From Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which advocates for restricted immigration: "Nothing is going to happen.
A good late morning to all.
A hoped for last-minute House vote on a resolution that would have officially recognized the Armenian genocide of nearly a century ago didn't happen today, as representatives adjourned for the holidays without a floor vote.
The Latino culture site Remezcla tweeted this today:
The U.S. Census Bureau has yet to release specific data on race and ethnicity for the 2010 census, the initial results of which were released yesterday. But in the meantime, a new interactive mapping project put together by the New York Times helps make fascinating sense of who lives where.