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

Social Security, bolstered by unauthorized workers

It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy.

In the news this morning: Immigration in the kitchen, an 'anchor baby' speaks out, anti-Muslim hate crimes and more

Immigration Debate Steps Into the Kitchen - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)

Raw video captures part of Westlake melee over slain immigrant


American snapshot: Westminster

A good post-holiday morning to all.

Quote of the moment: A top DHS official on illegal immigration and the labor market

"Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."

In the news this morning: Eid festivities, human smuggling by sea, and more

Muslims toning down Eid festivities in honor of Sept. 11 (The Washington Post)

American snapshot: San Marino

??A happy Labor Day to all who keep this country, its industries, and its homes running.

Because it's Friday: 'Machete'


Quote of the moment: A deported teenager, writing from Bangladesh

"I do not know the language and I fear going outside because I am different from everyone else. Speaking in English is an easy way to be targeted here. We cannot afford to live in a safer area.

Oral histories of Ellis Island go online

A collection of the oral histories of more than 1,700 immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island that was previously only available to visitors has gone online.

In the news this morning: Arizona legal woes, 'birth tourism,' and an odd twist to Discovery gunman story

Ariz. immigration law's legal costs could top $1 million - USATODAY.com (USA Today)

In the immigrant detention system, female detainees face risks

Earlier this month, I linked to a story out of Texas about a guard from an immigration detention facility being arrested for allegedly fondling female detainees. The only unusual thing about it was that he was arrested; the type of allegations made were not.

Since it's lunch time: Album Tacos

This is hands-down the most hilarious thing I've seen all week: Album Tacos, a new Tumblr site that features taco-fied versions of classic album covers. Call it the Taco Version.

The road to U.S. citizenship, on today's Patt Morrison show

This afternoon's Patt Morrison show on 89.3 KPCC will be examining the process of becoming a U.S. citizen: how long it takes, how expensive it is, and what it takes for immigrants to navigate a complicated legal system.

In the news this morning: More migrant kidnappings, grief in Latin America, another head scarf lawsuit and more

Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico - CNN.com (edition.cnn.com)