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 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.
In the week since a former student opened fire at Oikos University, the seven people who died have been mourned in at least half a dozen countries.
What do the people referred to on census forms as "Hispanic, Latino or of Spanish Origin," and as alternately "Hispanic" or "Latino" by media and the political establishment, choose to call themselves? What's in an ethnic label, and how much does the label matter?
Today on KPCC's Patt Morrison Show, I'll be among the guests talking about the nuances of the pan-ethnic labels attached to people of Latin American origin in the United States, people like yours truly who are asked to identify on census forms as "Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish Origin.
As migration from Mexico to the United States slows to a relative trickle, what next? A weekend story in the Christian Science Monitor reported in Mexico explored the micro effect of what some researchers are describing as a return to the days of "net zero" illegal immigration from Mexico.
In the news this morning: 'Net zero' illegal immigration from Mexico, Rubio on GOP alternative to Dream Act, more
Home again in Mexico: Illegal immigration hits net zero - Christian Science Monitor According to a new study based on Mexican census data, a million Mexicans said they returned from the U.
The morning egg hunts have ended and it's time for those celebrating Easter today to dig into their feasts. And in some L.A. households, time to do do a little old-fashioned egg fighting.
Posts of the week: Multiple 'Dream Acts,' terms of assimilation, deported parents, long visa waits, bucking the Latino/Hispanic label, more
Language, legislation, long visa waits. Lots of Ls this week, along with some alternately interesting and difficult discussions about everything from ethnic labels to hate crimes.
Immigration officials may not have intentionally misled lawmakers or the public about the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, but their communication strategy was a mess, according to an investigation by Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.
A couple of posts this week have explored the awkward moments when people are presumed to speak (or not speak) a certain language because of how they look, whether they be children of immigrants who don't speak their parents' native tongue, light-skinned Latinos mistaken for non-Latino whites, Filipinos mistaken for Latinos or any other linguistic mistaken-identity case.
In a nuanced piece for KPCC's Off-Ramp airing tomorrow, intern James Kim tackles what underlies his difficulty in communicating with his Korean immigrant parents.
In the news this morning: Deported parents, an anti-SB 1070 protest for Phoenix, possible changes to Alabama immigration law, more
Report: 22% of deportees have U.S.-born children - USA Today More on a recently released federal government report that tallies more than 46,000 parents of U.S. citizen children removed from the country in the first half of last year, raising concerns about family separation.
The murder of Iraqi immigrant Shaima Alawadi in late March sent ripples of fear through Muslim immigrant communities in the U.S., and internationally, after police announced they were investigating it as a possible hate crime due largely to a hateful note found next to her.