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
Three California bills take aim at school suspensions, which disproportionately affect students of color
Last month, a federal Department of Education report that looked at public school discipline quantified a disproportionate amount of discipline aimed at students of color, with black students, especially boys " and to a lesser degree, Latino students " subject to more suspension, more expulsion, and when they are disabled, more physical restraint than their white peers.
In the news this morning: Profiling alleged in Zimmerman case, Muslims to sue over border scrutiny, Arizona's ethnic studies ban, more
Prosecutors: George Zimmerman 'profiled' Trayvon Martin - Miami Herald A probable-cause affidavit filed by two investigators for the prosecution in the Trayvon Martin murder case accuses shooter George Zimmerman of “profiling” the teenager and assuming him to be a criminal, but it doesn't mention race.
As conventional wisdom goes, Latinos are not the most tolerant group when it comes to accepting homosexuality. But this is more perception than reality, a new report says.
A post earlier this week featured what began as an experiment: An online panel of seven people, professors of Asian American studies, psychology, ethics, world religions and English, all of them Asian Americans themselves, answering questions and sharing an open discussion about the uncomfortable undercurrents swirling beneath the story of a tragic mass murder in Oakland.
In the news this morning: Chinese students and the USC shooting, George Zimmerman heads to court, gunmen attack migrants in Arizona, more
Shaken by shooting, Chinese still seek US colleges - Associated Press The shooting deaths this week of University of Southern California graduate students Qu Ming and Wu Ying, both from China, came amid a steep rise in Chinese students pursuing higher education in the U.
Listeners posted some incisive comments this afternoon about the 1992 Los Angeles riots and how the city has changed - or hasn't - on a related segment page for KPCC's Patt Morrisson Show.
Angelenos needn't brace themselves for another riot anytime soon, according to a new survey released today. But they don't see life in the city the same way, with differences in how they perceive race relations, their safety, and other aspects of life depending at least somewhat on their race and ethnicity.
Crowding, violence and allegations of civil rights abuses are among the reasons the embattled Los Angeles County jail system is under federal investigation. But the county has also faced criticism in recent years in some circles for its federal-local partnerships with immigration authorities.
In a piece in the Huffington Post today, La OpiniÃ³n's Pilar Marrero gets at the roots of the limited-legality idea that forms part of a yet-to-be-introduced immigration reform proposal being floated by Republican senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
In the news this morning: International student among two killed near USC, missing migrants, how to adjust immigration status, more
Two USC students shot to death near campus - Southern California Public Radio One of the two University of Southern California students shot to death in an apparent carjacking attempt near campus late last night has been identified as an international student from China.
This April 29 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began after a jury acquitted four L.A. police officers accused of beating Rodney King, a black motorist who was pulled over after a pursuit.
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In the week since a former student opened fire at Oikos University, a small Christian vocational college in Oakland, the seven people who died have been mourned in at least half a dozen countries, including here, where they made their home.
Perhaps this one can be filed under yes, it's true, Latinos are not all alike: The Venezuelan-born manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen, was suspended for five games after making positive comments about Cuban socialist leader Fidel Castro in a recent interview with Time magazine.
In the news this morning: India challenges U.S. immigration rules, Alabama law under review, immigration and wrestling, more
Immigration chief outlines his priorities - Atlanta Journal-Contitution In an interview, director of U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services Alejandro Mayorkas talks about processing times for immigrants and defends E-Verify as "extremely accurate.