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

Census: Ten states with the biggest Latino population growth so far

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

20 years after the Rodney King beating: Different takes on what's changed, what hasn't

It's been 20 years today since the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers, an incident captured on grainy video by George Holliday, a resident of Lake View Terrace who heard the commotion and captured the beating from his balcony.

In the news this morning: L.A. 20 years after the King beating, Latino cops sue for discrimination, CA census results due out soon, more

Latino Cops, MALDEF Sue California Police Department - Fox News Latino Several Latino officers are suing the police department in Westminster for discrimination and violation of labor rights, saying they were denied promotions and special assignments because they are Latino.

Video: Running migrant family guerilla art in L.A., pre-Banksy

A post yesterday on a pre-Banksy artistic rendering of the running migrant family freeway sign - one of innumerable pre-Banksy versions, actually - is now in turn inspiring art submissions.

Among 'psycho-emotional' effects of immigration on kids: Communication breakdown

The immigrant advocacy blog Project Economic Refugee has featured a much-tweeted Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, the author of a new book titled Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families.

In the news this morning: More state bills copy SB 1070, minority vs. undocumented workers, Supreme Court takes on post-911 case, more

Fourteen States Weighing Bills Modeled After Arizona’s SB 1070 - ColorLines At least 14 state legislatures have introduced bills similar to SB 1070 in the current legislative session, with legislators undeterred by the lawsuits that have kept Arizona from completely implementing the law.

American snapshot: 'Educación'

Street artist Banksy was only the latest to take on the iconic running migrant family freeway sign. Here is the sign as reinterpreted by Southern California artist Luis Genaro Garcia, who has made a few versions of the image.

Will 'Blank-sy' contest inspire more immigration-themed art?

Will an online contest to "fill in" the space left on a Boyle Heights wall after street artist Banksy's version of the running-family migrant freeway sign draw more immigration-themed political art?

Report: Native-born workers not harmed by legalizing unauthorized competition

According to a UC Riverside study out today, granting legal status to undocumented workers would help get them into jobs that are better suited to their skills and increase their wages, while not having an adverse effect on the wages of native-born workers.

In the news this morning: Religious leaders oppose Muslim hearings in Congress, ICE detainee dies, drivers targeted in Bell, more

Religious leaders express concern over Muslim hearings in congress - 89.3 KPCC More than a hundred Southern California religious leaders have signed a letter urging Congress to cancel hearings on the “radicalization” of Muslims in the U.

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?).