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
It's April and time for another look at the wait times for family-sponsored visas, for whom some people wait a very, very long time. We skipped a month in March, but the line hasn't budged much.
In the news this morning: Hints that Alawadi murder may not be hate crime, bucking the Latino-Hispanic label, deported parents, more
Records hint Iraqi woman’s death not a hate crime - San Diego Union-Tribune The recent murder of Shaima Alawadi has sent fear through the Iraqi immigrant community in El Cajon, Calif.
The story of One L. Goh, the gunman charged with shooting ten people (seven of whom died) Monday at Oikos University in Oakland, is a complicated one. But one of the components that has stood out is Goh's mental and emotional state, which has prompted a discussion about what culturally sensitive mental health care there is available to Asians and other minorities in the U.
It's been approximately four decades since the origin of the "Hispanic" ethnic identity category on census forms, later updated to "Hispanic, Latino or of Spanish Origin." And it's been argued that in the years since, while Hispanic/Latino is not a racial category, the term itself has forced a racialization of Latinos in spite of their being so culturally and racially diverse, they defy a cohesive definition.
A short post yesterday highlighted a recent essay from a writer who is part Filipina and part German-Irish, but is often presumed to be Latina - and therefore, to speak Spanish. Only that she can't.
A post last week examined an attempt by some California lawmakers to keep the children of deported immigrants out of foster care, a growing problem as record deportations lead to more separated families.
In the news this morning: Immigration officials to monitor Pasadena 911 caller, Obama's uncle faces deportation, feds plan to sue Arpaio, mo
Immigration Agency Monitors, Postpones Deportation for Pasadena 911 Caller - NBC Oscar Carrillo, the 911 caller arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter after a false report that played into the police shooting death of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade, has been released from jail and will be electronically monitored by immigration officials.
A great photo taken by Taylor Soppe for KPCC tied to a sweet little story, that of a group of elderly Jewish and Japanese American retirees sharing a Passover Seder in Boyle Heights.
For anyone who has ever been presumed - incorrectly - to speak a certain language because of how they look, this post by author Sabina Murray on The Nervous Breakdown blog will resonate.
KPCC's Frank Stoltze has profiled Los Angeles County's top lawman Sheriff Lee Baca, an unorthodox cop who has come under fire not only for allegations of violence inside the county jail system, but for his seemingly contradictory positions regarding immigrants.
A panel that I moderated last week on what defines the 1.5 generation, immigrants who arrive in the U.S. as children and adolescents, yielded enough material for many, many related posts.
In an essay in the Pasadena Weekly reflecting on the shootings deaths of black teens Trayvon Martin in Florida and, more recently, Kendrec McDade in Pasadena, Kevin Uhrich makes the argument that the unresolved social issues and complex racial tensions that led to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots haven't dissipated, at least not at street level.
In the news this morning: An ICE ride-along, same-sex binational couples file suit, an 'alarming' immigration bill in Greece, more
On immigration operation, success and frustration - Los Angeles Times A ride-along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they conduct an operation targeting deportable immigrants with prior convictions, which recently led to the arrests of more than than 3,100 immigrants.
As November elections neared in 2010, the Democratic supporters of the immigration reform bill known as the Dream Act kicked into high gear, pushing it toward an eventual vote in the House and Senate that December.
Announcing a nationwide series of immigration sweeps this morning, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials tallied up the arrests of what ICE director John Morton termed in "3,168 fewer criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators in our neighborhoods across the country.