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

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.

What's in a name: Oaxacalifornia

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

In the news this morning

Good morning. Here are a few of the top immigration stories from the weekend and for today.

And in case you missed it: The OGs talk books with Huizar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezKh_DaVnOM

Because it's Friday: Chico's Angels

http://www.vimeo.com/13898198

Short film: 'Borderland'

http://vimeo.com/9696215

In the news this morning

Good morning. There are several interesting stories out there today, including some locally:

American snapshot: Monterey Park

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

The year of the ethnic reality TV series

Photo courtesy of Levi's

On the Patt Morrison show: the debate over the 14th Amendment

Starting at 1 p.m., 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison will discuss the growing political debate over the 14th Amendment as more GOP leaders join a movement to curb birthright citizenship, with the goal of denying citizenship to U.

In the news this morning

With Arizona and SB 1070 mostly off the radar for now, there's a little more variety this week in immigration-related news, and the debate over the 14th Amendment and birthright citizenship is at the top of the list.

Emotional rally ends DREAM Act hunger strike

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MALDEF staying neutral on Kagan confirmation

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