Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
After a landmark immigration policy decision and an election in which candidates' positions on immigration played a part, undocumented immigrants are up for consideration as TIME's possible 2012 "Person of the Year."
In the news this morning: Obama to meet with Mexico's incoming president, Georgia may appeal on immigration law, more
Obama to talk immigration with Mexico's new leader - USA Today President Obama will be meeting today to discuss border policy with Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, who is set to visit the White House.
It was bound to happen: A reality check on the high hopes for immigration reform that followed President Obama's reelection.
A new report crystallizes the changing racial and ethnic voter dynamics seen at the polls earlier this month.
In the news this morning: No guarantee of immigration reform, a limited GOP bill, an Asian American plaintiff in anti-SB 1070 lawsuit, and more...
Thanksgiving as it's celebrated by immigrants and their families has spawned much cross-cultural creativity. Oaxacan or Chinese-style turkey, anyone?
It's that time of year when we hear about what people in Los Angeles really eat on Thanksgiving. Some eat herring. What are you eating?
Ever wonder how the United States ranks in immigrant-friendliness? When you set the rhetoric aside and simply look at the numbers of people admitted, it appears at first glance to be the most welcoming nation in the world - until you compare that welcome based on immigrants as a percentage of its population.
When the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns Friday night, fans who speak Korean will be able to listen to the broadcast for the first time in their native language.
In the news this morning: A growing Latino electorate, detention centers criticized, an immigrant archive project, more
Latino vote could double by 2030 - ABC A new Pew Hispanic Center report projects that Latino voters will make up 40 percent of the growth in the nation's electorate by 2030, nearly doubling the number of Latino voters.
Spanglish advertising is everywhere now, but it still jumps out when I see it. With advertisers recognizing the buying power of bilingual Latinos and media companies rushing to provide the second-generation audience with tailored content in English - and Spanglish - it's become totalmente normal to see the way many Southern Californians speak in their daily lives displayed in large print.
An unusual employment visa fraud scheme that laundered money through the purchase of cemetery plots has landed the president of a now-defunct law firm behind bars.
A watchdog group has issued a report condemning 10 immigrant detention facilities, including one in Orange County. Federal officials say they are reviewing the report.
In the news this morning: Shifting politics give immigrants hope, report condemns detention centers, remembering an LA Chinese American leader, more
Immigration U-turn has Hispanics seeing 'light at end of tunnel' - Reuters Some Latin American immigrants,"regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters.
Diwali, the "Festival of Lights," has its roots in India and surrounding nations, but is celebrated around Southern California by local Hindus, Sikhs and others.