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
The gist of a report released yesterday regarding how authorities handled the case of Mitrice Richardson, a young woman found dead almost two years ago in a Malibu canyon, dealt with poor communication between agencies after her body was found, not with how her disappearance was handled or the decisions that led up to it.
In the news this morning: A divide over NYPD Muslim spying, coming out undocumented, Mississippi immigration law advances, more
NYPD anti-terror exposes split between NYC, others - Wall Street Journal Attitudes toward a New York police program that spied on Muslims vary greatly on different sides of the Hudson River, with more support from New Yorkers, but harsh criticism of such targeting from residents and politicians in New Jersey.
A post on Monday asked readers to share their thoughts about "Shahs of Sunset," a new Bravo reality series that focuses on six wealthy Angelenos who are Iranian American. Dozens of comments later, I can say that people have shared plenty.
It's been two years since a group of young people in Chicago made official a movement that had been slowly growing among undocumented students, holding a "coming out" day at a local park to go public with their undocumented status as a political act.
In the news this morning: Inside a 'civil detention center,' Escondido's driver checkpoints, Russell Pearce to testify before Senate, more
Detention for Immigrants That Looks Less Like Prison - New York Times A tour of a new privately operated "civil detention center" for immigrants in Texas, designed to be less prison-like than the contract facilities typically used.
As filtered through the eyes of immigrants and refugees, Los Angeles can be many things: frightening, beautiful, confusing, a storied paradise that is incredibly difficult to live in.
Almost three years ago, after a flurry of lawsuits alleging overcrowding, shoddy medical care and the unlawful detention of children in one former prison-turned-immigrant detention center in Texas, Homeland Security officials announced they'd be reforming the immigrant detention system.
File this one under crazy but true: A common beta blocker used for heart patients to treat chest pains and help lower heart rates can also lower prejudice against others, according to a new Oxford University study.
In the news this morning: Misleading information on 'returning' deportees, an undocumented lottery winner, Obama's religion, more
Immigration Case Challenges Justice Department's Credibility - Wall Street Journal The federal Justice Department has said it's prepared to "correct its possibly misleading statements that influenced a Supreme Court ruling against immigrants facing deportation.
If you missed the premiere of Bravo's "Shahs of Sunset" last night, you're not alone. I did, as did another colleague who was planning to watch. Perhaps ethnic reality TV has become less of a must-see.
Leslie Berestein-Rojas takes a look at the latest 'ethnic' reality show to garner an enthusiastic – and enthusiastically critical – response.
A post several months ago told the story of dozens of Irish immigrant railroad workers who perished in 1832 in rural Pennsylvania, in a place called Duffy's Cut. Buried in a mass grave, they were long thought to have been victims of anti-immigrant vigilantes, a theory that has gained credibility in recent years after researchers unearthing their bones found signs of trauma.
How much is poor communication between the agencies that handle immigration and border security a factor in costly mistakes that affect immigrants in the system? A lengthy report based on an investigation by Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General doesn't directly answer that question, but it does make a good case that improvements are needed.
In the news this morning: A disconnect between DHS agencies, a possible Dream Act vote before November, winning Latino voters, more
Report: Immigration, Border Security Agencies Still At Odds - Fronteras Desk More than ten years after the 9/11 attacks, which prompted a reorganization of the nation's immigration agencies, the federal agencies that handle immigration and border security issues are still having problems with communication and the ability to link databases.
Is poor communication between immigration and border security agencies to blame for recent mistakes affecting immigrants? A new report suggests improvements are needed.