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

In the news this morning: New tack on employers and immigration, trucker in 2003 smuggling deaths re-sentenced, Homeboy Industries gets roll

GOP to target employers who hire illegal workers - 89.3 KPCC After long pushing border enforcement, GOP leaders in the House are taking a different tack, promising to go after employers who provide an employment magnet by hiring unauthorized workers.

Why kimchi on a burger makes perfect sense

While food bloggers and food consumers on Twitter buzzed last week over the Sushirrito (exactly what it sounds like, though only in San Francisco at the moment) I contented myself with a more humble creation from an L.

Recapping a weekend of Mark Sanchez stories

Had the New York Jets beat the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, Mark Sanchez would have been the second Latino quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to the Super Bowl. He wasn't, and I don't follow football closely enough to get into the reasons why or what a faulty headset might have had to do with it.

Featured comment: One reader's plea for 'space' in Compton

A post from last week regarding the political scenario in Compton, where Latino residents are vying with the city's established but shrinking African American community for political power, drew a series of comments over the weekend.

In the news this morning: Chipotle immigration protests, the virtual fence, the 'Sanchize,' Hollywood green card marriage, more

Chipotle Faces Protesters After Firings Over Audit - Wall Street Journal The Denver-based corporate burrito chain fired a large number of employees from its Minnesota restaurants after records were audited by U.

Revisiting the Valley, in Dr. King's time

Among the favorite pieces I've read in recent days is the transcript of Kevin Roderick's weekly column for KCRW that aired earlier this week. Roderick, who edits LA Observed, reported on the 50th anniversary last weekend of a visit that Martin Luther King, Jr.

Compton: A shifting population, except in City Hall

When the initial 2010 census results were released last month, the attention quickly turned to the nation's growing Latino population and, in turn, how it will shape the political landscape.

Reactions to Limbaugh's 'ching chong' mockery

In the 24 hours or so since radio host Rush Limbaugh mocked Chinese president Hu Jintao's speech yesterday, making a series of "ching chong, ching chow" sounds as his, er, approximation of Chinese language, the reaction has come swiftly, angrily, and on the late-night circuit, comically.

In the news this morning: Tough immigration bills filed in new Congress, Haiti deportations, more

More bills seek crackdown on immigration - USA Today Most of the bills that have been filed in the new Congress have been aimed at cracking down on immigrants, including those here legally and illegally.

Quote of the moment: A different perspective on 'Tiger Mother' parenting

"Certainly, the idea of a traditional Chinese parenting style would surprise the billion inhabitants of mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, few of whom attended Harvard, became a doctor, lawyer, or banker, or ever completed a Scantron.

In the news this morning: Foreign-born workers get hired, companies employing them get scrutinized, a refugee success story and more

Exclusive: Over a million immigrants land U.S. jobs in 2008-10 - Reuters A review of federal labor data conducted for Reuters found that even as the economy faltered, over a million foreign-born workers found employment.

In Compton, a case study in shifting demographics and the political landscape

A post yesterday explored the political impact of a shifting and growing Latino population throughout the United States, as states with some of the biggest population gains noted in last year's census pick up Congressional seats.

More sense of the census: Analysis looks at Latino population growth and reapportionment

It's been nearly a month since the initial results of the 2010 census were released, and while details on the nation's racial and ethnic breakdown have yet to be made public, the polling firm Latino Decisions has distilled the early information, along with annual census data since 2000, into an analysis of Latino population growth and its political impact.

In the news, this afternoon: Immigration and the Senate agenda, no new fast food in South L.A., Fred Korematsu Day, race relations poll, mor

A mixed bag of p.m. reads for those just catching up:

Who was Wong Kim Ark? How a son of immigrants helped define who is a U.S. citizen

At the heart of the coming battle over the constitutional right to U.S. citizenship for everyone born in this country is how the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868, is interpreted. And at the heart of that interpretation is a 112-year-old Supreme Court decision, based on a lawsuit filed by a young man from San Francisco named Wong Kim Ark.