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

More readers' thoughts on the term 'minorities'

A post recently asked readers to weigh in on a conversation that's been around for a while, but which became bigger this month after new census data revealed that non-Latino white babies in the United States are no longer the majority of new births.

Love, L.A. style: 'Mijo he's very handsome and SO tall! And, he's white!...Marry him!'

It's no longer a news flash that interracial and interethnic relationships and families are on the rise as the nation goes the way of Los Angeles, becoming increasingly multiethnic.

On being Latino, Hispanic, American

In April, the Pew Hispanic Center published a thought-provoking report on Latino/Hispanic identity. The survey it was based on highlighted just how diverse of a group is identified by these two pan-ethnic terms.

In the news this morning: Immigrants scammed by phony notarios, the 'sleeping giant' Latino vote, 'birther' talk makes a comeback, more

Immigrants exploited by 'notarios,' fake attorneys who target the desperate - Southern California Public Radio In Mexico, a "notario" is a professional with extensive legal training.

Love, L.A. style: A Korean-Armenian couple dishes on romance, food, in-laws and 'the dowry'

We’ve all seen the statistics and the stories by now: Interracial and interethnic relationships and families are on the rise, the product of an increasingly multicultural United States.

A science blogger on the 'socially conservative' Latino voter

It isn't every day that science bloggers write about Latino voters' attitudes, so a recent post on this topic from Discover Magazine's Razib Khan caught my eye.

How does an adoptee get deported? More easily than one might think

Q: How does someone adopted legally as a baby by American parents get deported?

In the news this morning: A different kind of migrant shelter, undocumented entrepreneurs, the struggles of immigrant veterans, more

In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives - Los Angeles Times An old, formerly grand hotel in the border town of Mexicali is now a migrant shelter, the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. Deportees from the U.

4 things to know about immigrants in the military

Updated from May 2011.

Posts of the week: Immigrant Day, TRUST Act 2.0, whether or not to still use 'minorities,' more

Posts of the Week is back, this time with the highlights from a week that brought us something called Immigrant Day, a debate over whether the term "minorities" is still relevant as the country's demographics change, and yet another animal-related metaphor for immigrants from the mouth of a member of Congress.

¡Yo quiero pizza! Pizza chain wades into politics of culture, bilingualism and free food

A pizza chain in Texas is causing a stir with a promotion scheduled for early June in which customers will receive a free pizza if they order in Spanish. Just a few magic words like "pizza, por favor," and you're in.

Survey says: Latinos still favor Obama, and his same-sex marriage stance makes little difference

A conservative group is capitalizing on President Obama's less-than-popular record on immigration as a way to appeal to Latino voters, while Republican candidate-apparent Mitt Romney is talking up the economy as an alternate way of reaching out to Latinos.

In the news this morning: Female immigrant detained after domestic violence call, smugglers use phony UPS van, S-Comm expands, more

Woman Who Made Domestic Violence Call Ends up in Immigration Custody - Fox News Latino A woman in Colorado who called police over an alleged domestic violence incident said she was turned over to immigration authorities and detained for nearly two weeks; civil rights advocates say her case is one of three similar ones in her county.

You speak Miami, I speak East L.A.: The regional dialects of U.S.-born Latinos

Among immigrants from Latin America in the United States, national and regional accents and dialects are commonplace. But the same holds true for many of their U.S.-born and raised children, who speak English as their native language, but with a Spanish-inflected lilt that's particular to the region of the country they were raised in.

Is the term 'minorities' still relevant? What readers had to say

Now that children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color make up the majority of new births in the U.S., accounting for more than 50 percent of children younger than age one last year, it's prompted a good question: