Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
Contact Leslie Berestein Rojas

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

Today is Immigrant Day in California – what is it?

It's not a holiday or a proclamation. But people from throughout the state have spent the day rallying and lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of immigrants.

Thoughts from a TV exec on a complex, evolving, bilingual Latino audience

Univision's Alberto Mier y Terán had some interesting things to say about the evolving Latino TV audience yesterday afternoon in an interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen on All Things Considered.

Immigrants and the Violence Against Women Act: Two key components

In recent days, a battle over renewal of the Violence Against Women Act has become increasingly partisan and increasingly heated.

'Words and ideas are part of the heritage we leave to you'

The Los Angeles Times' Hector Tobar has written a lovely piece after attending last weekend's Lea LA festival, a Spanish-language book festival held at the L.A. Convention Center for the second year in a row.

In the news this morning: Debate over Alabama immigration law, Latino voters, parents of murdered USC international students sue, more

Alabama Governor Urges Changes to Latest Immigration Law - New York Times The governor of Alabama has called a special legislative session and is urging lawmakers to consider more changes to the state’s strict anti-illegal immigration law known as HB 56.

Donna Summer 'was our Reina': Mourning the disco queen

Reading a post today on the Latino Rebels blog mourning disco legend Donna Summer, who died this morning from cancer at 63, it was comforting to see this:

Second-generation nation: A look ahead as minority babies become a majority

It doesn't come as shocking news that for the first time in U.S. history, the majority of the babies being born in the United States are members of Latino, black, Asian and other minority groups.

In the news this morning: Minority babies become a majority, violations alleged at detention centers, AL law amended, more

Census: Minority babies are now majority in United States - Washington Post It's official: For the first time in the U.S., a majority of the nation's babies are minorities. Census estimates show that 50.

Work permits and auctions: A look at two new proposals for granting work visas to immigrants

There are a couple of new proposals for granting work visas to foreign workers, one of them legislative, the other a private proposal put together by an economist. They couldn't be more different, but the one thing they have in common is that they are drawing their share of controversy, as might be expected in this economy.

On California as older, less crowded, more second-generation - and still a great place to be

California's population growth over the next few decades isn't going to be as big as once predicted, according to one recent projection from the University of Southern California. In a nutshell, the state will become older, increasingly second-generation, and less crowded than previously thought.

Love, L.A. style: A look behind the rise in interracial/interethnic relationships

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.

In the news this morning: Senate being sued over Dream Act filibuster, immigrants and health policy, CA bill proposes work permits, more

Immigrant activists sue U.S. Senate over Dream Act - Orange County Register A group of undocumented college graduates and an advocacy group announced yesterday that they are suing the U.

An economist's proposal for immigration reform: Auctioning work permits to companies

A bit of news I linked to earlier is worth a second mention: A novel approach to issuing work permits, the brainchild of a UC Davis economist. Giovanni Peri is suggesting that U.S. companies compete in a quarterly electronic auction, with companies bidding to buy visas for workers.

Carlos Fuentes on immigration, circa 2006

One of the many things that celebrated Mexican writer and diplomat Carlos Fuentes was outspoken about was immigration, including the U.S. labor market's demand for it.

The GOP veepstakes continue, with talk of Latino and 'incredibly boring' picks

The will-Romney-choose-a-Latino-veep running mate drama has hit a somewhat higher pitch this week, notably with Politico quoting an unnamed GOP operative saying that Republican presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney's campaign will mostly likely stick to what's politically safest and select "an incredibly boring white guy.