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

Two more takes on Latino/Hispanic: Which term to use, and does it matter anyway?

The what's-in-a-name discussion over Latino vs. Hispanic continues, and it's been taking on some interesting dimensions.

In the news this morning: Memorial for slain USC international students, Arizona immigrants self-deporting, Rubio not seeking to be veep, mo

USC holds memorial for 2 students slain near school, announces scholarships in their honor - Southern California Public Radio University of Southern California staff and students held a memorial Wednesday night for Ming Qu and Ying Wu, two international graduate students from China who were shot to death near campus last week.

Recollections of the riots, 20 years later

What do you call what happened in L.A. 20 years ago in April-early May, and how did you come to learn about what happened back then?

Romney prepares to tackle his 'Latino problem': Three signs

Now that Rick Santorum has dropped out the race and Mitt Romney is fairly assured of the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign seems to be working double-time to woo Latino voters.

In the news this morning: Senate takes up racial profiling, Romney distances himself from Kobach, changes to Alabama law, Latino voters, mor

After Trayvon, Congress Takes Up Racial Profiling - NPR A report on yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on racial profiling. There was testimony from lawmakers, law enforcement and civil rights leaders; profiling victims held a news conference afterward.

'A mandatory course for young men of color'

Today's hearing on racial profiling in the Senate Judiciary Committee drew the testimony of half a dozen witnesses, including two high-ranking law enforcement officers. Frank Gale of the Denver police department spoke in opposition to a Senate bill that proposes defining and prohibiting racial profiling in law enforcement agencies, saying it could compromise policing; the other, chief Ronald Davis of the East Palo Alto, Calif.

Quote of the moment: U.S. Latinos as a top global economy

“If it were a standalone country, the U.S. Hispanic market buying power would make it one of the top twenty economies in the world.”

Earth Day ad campaign targets immigrants as environmental hazards

Just ahead of Earth Day, an immigration restriction advocacy group issued a press release today saying it's launching a national television campaign "calling attention to the fact that mass immigration to the U.

Skeptical reaction to Obama's second-term immigration reform promise

One impressive thing about President Obama's recent pledge that he'd try to get comprehensive immigration reform passed in his second term if reelected, made during a televised interview with the Spanish-language Univision network, is the seemingly bipartisan nature of the unhappy reactions that skeptics have been posting online.

In the news this morning: Teen charged in human smuggling crash, a Senate hearing on racial profiling, Obama's reform promise, more

Texas teen faces 9 murder counts after van crash that killed suspected illegal immigrants - Washington Post A 15-year-old boy from south Texas has been charged with nine counts of murder after the minivan he was driving crashed, killing nine undocumented immigrant passengers.

How S. 1670 defines racial profiling, and why it's complicated

During what's been billed as a landmark Senate hearing tomorrow, lawmakers will address racial profiling in different forms, from the profiling of Latinos under state anti-illegal immigration laws to the police profiling of black men, as well as the racial profiling that has affected Muslims, Arab Americans and others in the U.

SB 1070 in the Supreme Court: Three views of what may happen and what it would mean

Two years after it was signed into law and many imitations later, Arizona's precedent-setting SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The high court, with one justice recused, is set to hear oral arguments April 25.

American snapshot: Logan Circle, D.C.

Calvin Ho of the L.A.-based Asian diaspora blog The Plaid Bag Connection encountered this - Ethiopian injera bread, served on a standard-issue Chinese restaurant plate - while visiting Washington, D.

Why any action seen on immigration reform is 'likely to be narrower and targeted'

There's a good Q&A today with Council on Foreign Relations immigration expert and author Edward Alden on the council's website. In it, Alden parses out some of the nuances of the developments seen lately on immigration: the administrative changes announced by the Obama administration that would make it easier for some relatives of U.