Leslie Berestein Rojas

Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

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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: CA Census shows Latino children a majority, a Secure Communities analysis, Sikhs being targeted, more

More than half of California children Latino, census shows - The Washington Post 2010 Census numbers released yesterday for California show that barely one in four of state residents under age 18 are non-Hispanic whites, whose numbers declined along with those of black children, as the number of Asian American and Latino children soared.

Californians becoming more Latino, more Asian, more mixed

The California results from the 2010 Census reveal a state that is becoming increasingly Latino, Asian, and to a smaller degree, more multiracial.

Dispatch from Monterey Park: An all-Asian city council?

A story I linked to in an earlier post today is worth highlighting because, depending on today's municipal voting results, a city in the San Gabriel Valley could make some history.

City candidates reveal increasingly diverse L.A.

Today's municipal elections in Los Angeles and other local cities happen to coincide with the scheduled release this afternoon of 2010 Census data for California, which will show us the racial and ethnic breakdown of the state and how it has changed since ten years ago.

Snow sports industry reacts candidly to Utah's guest worker plan

The snow sports website OnTheSnow.com published an editorial today praising Utah's state legislature for approving a bill that would grant two-year work permits to undocumented workers, provided they pay fines and can prove they have been living and working in the state.

In the news this morning: Utah guest worker plan to face challenges, Latino job insecurity, proponent defends Muslim hearings, more

Utah immigration plan could stir legal storm - USA Today As much at it's a departure from the stricter immigration legislation approved in Arizona last year, Utah's newly approved guest worker bill will most likely wind up in federal court also if it becomes law.

Video: 'I am undocumented'

A young man who arrived in the United States as a small child after he and his mother left Medellín, Colombia tells his story. The video, from last year, is featured in a "coming out" guide put together by Dream Act advocates for a "National Coming Out of the Shadows" week March 14-21.

More Dream Act students prepare to 'come out'

This week, some undocumented students, graduates and others are expected to reprise the actions of other student activists last year with a risky move: going public with their immigration status.

Utah bucks a trend by letting undocumented immigrants work

Last Friday, Utah became the first state to pass its own guest-worker bill, and one of two states lately to weigh anti-illegal immigration legislation that makes a work-related exception for undocumented immigrants.

In the news this morning: Utah's guest worker plan, lawsuit over foreign same-sex spouses, White House to reassures Muslims, more

Utah Republicans Adopt Alternative Approach on Immigration - New York Times Utah has broken ranks with other states cracking down on illegal immigration by passing immigration bills that include a guest worker program which would allow unauthorized immigrants to work legally.

Before Banksy, the running family was immigration icon and art

If you don't live in California, you might not be familiar with the road sign that has become synonymous with illegal immigration and immigration in general, and that has spawned countless interpretations over the years.

An exception for 'the help' in an anti-illegal immigration bill: good, bad, or ugly reality?

An anti-illegal immigration bill introduced recently in Texas proposing tough state sanctions against employers who hire unauthorized workers makes an exception: It's okay to hire an undocumented maid, gardener, or other employee "for the purpose of obtaining labor or other work to be performed exclusively or primarily at a single-family residence.

In the news this morning: The least Latino state, Dream Act protesters cleared, another record for immigration bills, CA Muslims targeted, m

What is the LEAST Latino State in the Union? - Fox News Latino The 2010 Census results may be showing large Latino population growth in many states, but in West Virginia, the sound of Spanish is still a rarity.

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.