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

Guelaguetza: The next generation

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Community pushes for healthy food choices in South LA

Residents concerned about the impending expiration of a fast food moratorium in South Los Angeles gathered at the Second African Methodist Episcopal Church to explore how to promote and adopt a healthy lifestyle in a region short of healthy options.

Quote of the moment: A Latina blogger's take on "anchor babies"

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In the news this morning

Buenos días. Here are some of the top immigration-related stories this morning, along with a couple of other good reads.

Coming soon to Koreatown: Little Bangladesh

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Pew Hispanic Center report: Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children

In a newly-released report, the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were born to undocumented parents.

Records from 1970 death of journalist Ruben Salazar may be released

The Los Angeles Times and 89.3 KPCC report that L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has decided to reconsider a decision to keep investigation records sealed in the death of former LAT columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar, killed by a deputy forty years ago this month.

Taco nosh!

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In the news this morning

Good morning. I have bilingual code-switching on the brain after posting on the phenomenon yesterday. So here are las últimas noticias:

Ramadan begins

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El code-switching es normal, experts say

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Longest waits for immigrant visas: August

Source: Visa Bulletin for August 2010, U.S. Department of State

In the news this morning

Buenos días. Here are a few of the top stories this morning, immigration-wise:

14th Amendment, Section 1

With so much being reported on the political debate over the 14th Amendment - that which grants U.S. citizenship to people born in this country, and to immigrants who become naturalized - it might help to know just what some GOP lawmakers are discussing as they suggest revisions to end automatic citizenship, now a constitutional right, for children of undocumented immigrants.

C'mon, she's just a kid!

This morning I linked to a story about Dora the Explorer that appeared in this weekend's Los Angeles Times, tracing the Nickelodeon cartoon character's existence from initial conception (as a cartoon rabbit, of all things) to a lucrative mega-franchise a decade after the show's television debut.