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
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.
The scandal that erupted earlier this week over Meg Whitman employing an undocumented immigrant as her housekeeper for nine years has turned the governor's race into a circus of press conferences in recent days.
In the news: New Senate immigration bill, questions over Whitman's undocumented housekeeper, Latinos in the GOP, more
Comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate - 89.3 KPCC Before Congress adjourned, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey introduced a bill that would beef up border security, expand family reunification to same-sex couples and provide a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.
The scandal that has erupted around Meg Whitman’s ex-housekeeper Nicandra Diaz Santillan, who yesterday announced in a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred that she had worked illegally for Whitman for nine years, threatens to derail the GOP gubernatorial candidate’s campaign.
In the news this morning: Meg Whitman's undocumented housekeeper, Fox's Murdoch on immigration and more
Whitman bid rocked by maid's immigration status | 89.3 KPCC (Southern California Public Radio)
Move over, Randy Newman. Los Angeles may soon have an additional theme song, and it's a corrido.
The Muslim intern who fought Disney over her hijab, and won, is a second-generation University of Illinois senior, a psychology major and a native of the Chicago suburbs who “grew up on Disney movies.
In the news this morning: Whitman's Latina housekeeper, La Llorona at Universal Studios, Secure Communities, more
Meg Whitman's Former Housekeeper Will Allege She 'Suffered' As A Household Employee - The Note (Political Punch)
"Would it be comical if your daughter or your son or your niece or nephew was lying in the street dead, shot in the head, by someone living in this country illegally?"
A Disney intern who did battle with the company over her traditional Islamic religious head scarf, known as hijab, is at work in the job she was hired to do, and in a uniform adapted for her.
In the news this morning: Visa difficulties, Colbert's immigration testimony, Disney's hijab uniform, disaster in Oaxaca, more
Immigration has grown more complicated - USATODAY.com (USA Today)
After the failure last week of a Senate bill carrying the DREAM Act to gain sufficient votes for cloture, supporters of the long-running proposed legislation have been granted what they wished for, more or less: a stand-alone bill.
A decision by Disney to allow a female Muslim intern to wear a traditional religious head scarf, or hijab, at work could set a precedent for other Disney employees who make an argument to wear the head scarves as part of their work uniform.