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

The DREAM Act, through the back door

The less-known military component of the DREAM Act is proving to be its saving grace this week: Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced that next week he will offer the legislation as an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill, pushing the long-proposed immigration legislation toward a Senate vote.

And in honor of the bicentennial...

The culture blog Remezcla has had a series of "especial bicentenario" (bicentennial special) posts the past week honoring some of the quirkier aspects of Mexican culture, especially those unique terms that I find even funner than Cuban terms, if that is possible.

On eve of Mexico's bicentennial: Even in a dark period, something to celebrate

Tonight marks the eve of Mexico's bicentennial, being celebrated with elaborate fanfare in Mexico City and throughout the country, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act moves toward vote, diplomat seeks asylum, Mexico on eve of its bicentennial, more

Democrats pivot on immigration - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)

A new county contract for Homeboy Industries

I couldn't let the day slip by without noting the good news today for Homeboy Industries. After having to lay off 300 workers in May, the gang-intervention program that got its start 22 years ago in Boyle Heights has received a $1.

Video: A long-forgotten chapter of illegal immigration

The University of Texas at Austin has been producing an excellent series of online videos called Border Views, which I discovered today thanks to the equally excellent Tejas-based website Latina Lista.

'Somos Muchos' car sticker campaign an interesting social experiment

When I first heard about a clever Toyota Latino-marketing sticker campaign last week, with free window stickers distributed to consumers that read "Somos Muchos (fill in the Latin American country or region), Somos Muchos Toyota," (Translation: We are many TK, we are many Toyota), I was no more impressed than I ever am with the usual Latino marketing campaign.

In the news this morning: Immigration in the midterms, a response to Quran burning, help for Homeboy Industries and more

Midterms imperil immigration bill - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)

American snapshot: Glassell Park

Where kielbasa meets crispy pata: A Polish restaurant and a Filipino restaurant side by side in a Glassell Park mini-mall.

Immigration and nativism, in historical context

Author Peter Schrag has an interesting piece published today in the Immigration Policy Center's "Perspectives" series, narratives written by academics and researchers on the topic of immigration.

Back in the spotlight: The 14th Amendment

The back-and-forth over the 14th Amendment has recently bubbled back to the top of the immigration-debate cauldron. Until now, the talk of eliminating the constitutional right to U.

For the late-morning second cup: Croatian mariachi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG69jcIUqrY&feature=player_embedded

In the news this morning: The 14th Amendment, Muslim women speak out, and more headlines from the weekend

Congress may look at ‘birthright citizenship' debate  | ajc.com (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Five great reads this week, in case you missed them

A few stories and essays stood out this week, providing insight on recent news events, such as the tragic migrant slayings near the Texas border in Mexico, or shedding light on the little-known, as did a standout NPR piece on a new book that analyzes the onetime iconic film character Charlie Chan through the lens of the cultural and racial politics of his era.

A Muslim NYC firefighter on the events of 9/11

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU5W-iUv8fg&feature=player_embedded