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 news this morning: 'Holiday on ICE,' state AGs against SB 1070, the 'super Irish' man behind online petition for Trayvon Martin, more
'Holiday on ICE' hearings take aim at imprisoned immigrants - Los Angeles Times Led by House Judiciary Committee chair Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, Republicans in Congress held a hearing titled "Holiday on ICE" yesterday that mocked the Obama administration's plans to reform the immigrant detention system.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in Florida, was originally described in reports as "white." The more recent revelation that he's half Latino, the son of a Peruvian-born mother, has little bearing on the case itself.
A month from tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, which began on April 29 that year after a jury acquitted four L.A. police officers accused of beating Rodney King, a black motorist pulled over after a pursuit.
A post last month described some of the scenarios that can befall the U.S.-born children of immigrants who land in deportation proceedings, some better than others. Sometimes, deported parents opt to take their children with them when they leave.
It's been more than two years since the Obama administration announced it would reform the nation's immigrant detention system, a response to what at the time had become a storm of lawsuits and other complaints over deaths in custody, overcrowding and shoddy medical care.
In the news this morning: The Shaima Alawadi murder, crime victims' fear of deportation, Georgia immigration bill drops college ban, more
Killing of Iraqi Woman Leaves Immigrant Community Shaken - New York Times The hateful note found next to murder victim Shaima Alawadi was the second her family reported finding in a week.
In honor of astronaut turned congressional candidate Jose Hernandez, who is being challenged by opponents over his use of "astronaut/scientist/engineer" on the June ballot (he left NASA last year), the satire site Pocho.
Of all the descriptions I've been reading lately of the 1.5 generation, immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children or adolescents, there's one that especially resonates as I prepare for a related panel tonight, applying to a far broader group than those it originally described.
When did the United States enact its first immigration law? Most people are familiar with the restrictive laws that took shape in the the late 19th century, notably the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
In the news this morning: More immigrants paying bonds, racial profiling in the LAPD, Iraqi immigrant's murder resonates worldwide, more
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has collected nearly $1 billion in bail bonds - Houston Chronicle U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has collected $977 million in bail bonds from immigrants over the past six years, reflecting an almost threefold jump in the number of people granted bond since 2006 while waiting to learn whether or not they will be deported.
All manner of factors influence how 1.5 generation immigrants, who arrived in the U.S. as children or adolescents, develop their cultural identity. How old they were upon arrival, where they grew up, their immigration status, the attitudes of their parents, all play a part.
Whatever you think of television news interviews with crime victims, this interview with the 17-year-old daughter of Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi immigrant beaten to death in a possible hate crime in El Cajon, near San Diego, is so powerful that is is difficult to watch at times.
A few months ago I featured a short post on Jason De LeÃ³n, a University of Michigan anthropologist and archeologist who is studying the debris left behind by migrants in the Arizona desert.
In the news this morning: The 'black male code,' Iraqi immigrant's murder a likely hate crime, Arizona's undocumented population drops, more
Trayvon Martin, my son, and the Black Male Code - Atlanta Journal-Constitution On the painful conversations that many black American parents feel they must have with their teenaged sons about race, profiling, and their safety.
Murder victim Shaima Alawadi's 17-year-old daughter addressed the note found next to her saying to go home and calling her a terrorist.