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 (late) morning: Keeping tabs on deferred action, a new anti-SB 1070 motion, Coptics react to anti-Muslim filmmaker, more

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Author of Anti-Muslim film not known by wider Coptic Christian community in SoCal

News reports identify the Southern California man behind the Anti-Muslim film that’s sparked protests and violence in the Middle East as a Coptic Christian from Egypt. Many Southland Copts say they don’t know him, but they do regret that Nakoula Bassely Nakoula has presented their faith in a bad light.

A deferred action reality check: How is the process working, who is hesitating, and why?

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that since the application process started Aug. 15, some 72,000 undocumented young people have filed for temporary legal status via deferred action.

LA Coptic Christians condemn anti-Muslim film, director

Coptic Christians in Southern California are distancing themselves from the alleged director of an anti-Muslim film that some observers say has sparked deadly violence in the Middle East.

In the news this morning: Tracking down the identity of anti-Muslim filmmaker, study suggests Latino stereotypes fueled by media, more

Anti-Muslim film director's name a mystery, but more details emerge - Southern California Public Radio U.S. authorities have told media that the director of an anti-Muslim film which has sparked deadly violence in Egypt and Libya is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian based in Southern California.

Readers weigh in: Does not speaking your family's native tongue make you any less culturally authentic?

After San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro delivered the keynote address during the Democratic National Convention last week, part of the conversation afterward revolved around his lack of fluency in Spanish.

In the news this morning: Deferred action applications, a Canadian start-up visa, city ID cards for immigrants debated, more

Program offering immigrants reprieve is off to quick start - New York Times Some 72,000 young undocumented immigrants have filed applications for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status, since the program's application process kicked off a month ago.

'The wrong response to the losses suffered': Three takes on 9/11 and immigrants

Today's 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks hasn't met with the same news coverage or high-profile observances as did last year's decade anniversary, but the long-term effects of the attacks are no less relevant today.

A city ID card for undocumented immigrants: How would it work?

Los Angeles city officials are proposing a multi-use library ID card that undocumented immigrants could use not only in city libraries, but as an alternate form of identification that would allow them access to other services, including banking at some institutions.

In the news this morning: September 11 and immigrants, library ID cards could benefit undocumented, Alabama law appeal, more

How September 11 touched some immigrants - Miami Herald An essay remembers the reactions of some immigrants on the day following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which occurred 11 years ago today.

Are you less 'authentic' for not speaking your family's native language?

NBC Latino contributor Raul A. Reyes has an interesting opinion piece today on the by now much-publicized fact that San Antonio mayor and rising Democratic party star Julian Castro isn't fluent in Spanish.

Exploring the 'Barrios to Burbs' rise of Mexican immigrant families

If you didn't catch her earlier this morning on KPCC's Brand & Martinez, check out this interview with University of Southern California sociologist and Multi-American regular Jody Agius Vallejo, who has spent years studying middle-class Latinos in Los Angeles.

In the news this morning: Deferred action snags, border repatriation program ending, another Latino content site, more

Divided by immigration policy - New York Times The 30-and-under age limit and other factors tied to deferred action, a new policy that allows some young undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status, is affecting families in which some members can apply and some not.

Yes, a Cuban American at the DNC (Video)

As far as historic moments during national political conventions go, the second night of the Democratic National Convention yesterday racked up a couple of them. Number one was what is perhaps the most public appearance ever by an out-of-the-closet undocumented immigrant, 27-year-old Benita Veliz, a college graduate and former high school valedictorian brought to the U.

American snapshot: Chinatown

In downtown L.A.'s old Chinatown, across the river from the mostly Latino historic Boyle Heights neighborhood, it's not that unusual to see otherwise Chinese-style bakeries advertising Latin American baked goods.