Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
A controversial fashion ad featuring a blond model posing with a Latino "California farmer" has led an immigrant activist artist to create faux ads.
We know by now that interracial and interethnic relationships and families are on the rise throughout the United States, something that isn't exactly a news flash in Los Angeles. But what is life in these relationships like behind closed doors, as couples navigate life through different cultural lenses while raising children, paying bills, dealing with in-laws and other challenges?
In the news this morning: Immigration discord in Alabama, teen seeking visa stranded in Mexico, state residents may challenge SB 1070, more
In Alabama, strict immigration law sows discord - Reuters As farmers worry about who will pick their crops in light of the state's strict new anti-illegal immigration law, "Alabama is finding out whether it can live without undocumented immigrants, estimated to number 120,000 in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated from May 2011.
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.
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.
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.