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: Boyle Heights

No, this is not a gourmet taco truck, just a striking rolling canvas that sells plain old ice cream. The truck was parking for the night in a lot shared with other ice cream vendors.

Thanks for the kites and the love, Banksy

This morning I went in search of what I'd hoped might be a remaining version of British guerilla street artist Banksy's stencil nicknamed "Caution," a parody of the famous migrant family freeway sign that for years was a fixture of the drive between Los Angeles and San Diego on Interstate 5.

Will the Dream Act matter to Latino voters in 2012?

Will the failure of the Dream Act in Congress last December matter to voters in the 2012 election? The polling firm Latino Decisions has published the results of a tracking poll, conducted with the publishing company impreMedia, whose findings indicate that it well could.

In the news this morning: Arrests in AZ after immigration bill hearings, Italy's immigration crisis, immigrant workers and Oscar, more

Raucous week for Arizona immigration law hearing - Arizona Capitol Times Six people have been arrested at the state Senate, and at least two blocked from returning, after state senators gave the green light to stringent anti-illegal immigration legislation last week.

Join us: Second-generation types liveblog the Oscars

It's true. Please join KPCC's OnCentral blog editor Kim Bui and me Sunday night as we reveal and celebrate Oscar's immigrant past and present. We'll throw out some trivia (which best actor nominee once had to pay a bribe while visiting a relative in Poland?).

'Standing with the Eleven Million:' Immigration a centerpiece of Cardinal Mahony's mixed legacy

Last month, as Cardinal Roger Mahony prepared to pass along the leadership of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to Archbishop Jose Gomez this coming Sunday, L.A.'s current Catholic leader - and perhaps its top clergyman-blogger - posted a lengthy piece titled "Retirement Plans: Standing with the Eleven Million.

In the news this morning: Men convicted in PA hate murder sentenced, Oscar snubs, an almost-deported U.S. citizen and more

Luis Ramirez’s Attackers Get Nine Years in Prison for Deadly Beating - ColorLines Two Pennsylvania men have been sentenced for their involvement in the 2008 beating death of Luis Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant.

East LA’s Self Help Graphics is moving

The familiar tile-studded building at the corner of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Gage Avenue that since the late 1970s has housed Self Help Graphics & Art will no longer be home to the revered art center, an Eastside fixture whose recent years have been rough ones.

East L.A.'s Self Help Graphics is moving

The familiar tile-studded building at the corner of Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Gage Avenue that since the late 1970s has housed Self Help Graphics & Art will no longer be home to the revered art center, an Eastside fixture whose recent years have been rough ones.

What's alleged in the FBI Muslim surveillance lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed earlier this week alleges that a former FBI informant, an ex-fitness instructor and ex-convict named Craig Monteilh, violated Muslims' freedom of religion when he spied on Orange County mosques for the FBI between 2006 and 2007.

From Arizona, with opinions: Readers respond to immigration bills

Readers' comments are usually vary in length and flavor, but yesterday I received two from Arizona natives that begin similarly and are almost mirror images, though they present two very different Grand Canyon State points of view.

In the news this morning: A racially diverse Oregon, Muslims targeted, biracial twins, Arizona's stringent immigration proposals, more

Oregon's 2010 Census shows striking Latino and Asian gains - OregonLive.com New census data is showing that Oregon's Latino population climbed 63 percent in 10 years. The state's Asian population has also grown dramatically, by 41 percent.

American snapshot: Hawthorne

Chivo, taro leaves, and ghee: The city that is the home of the Beach Boys is also home to a diverse population that's close to a third African American, half Latino and around six percent Asian, with a small Pacific Islander population as well.

'I'm torn:' A death penalty opponent reacts to the sentencing of Brisenia Flores' convicted killer

As Arizona state senators yesterday prepared to hear some of the strictest anti-illegal immigration legislation to come out of the state since SB 1070, a convicted murderer whose crime was rooted in one of the darker corners of the immigration debate was sentenced to death in Tucson.

In the news this morning: More on Arizona immigration crackdown bills, death penalty for the Brisenia Flores murder, Ruben Salazar report re

Arizona immigration bills aim for bigger crackdown - Arizona Republic A state senate committee gives the go-ahead to the most stringent immigration enforcement measures in the state since SB 1070.