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

'Language is power': How learning English transforms an immigrant child's life

Chicago Public Media has a nice piece on language and immigrant kids put together by a pair of Medill journalism students, one of whom writes about her experience learning English as a young Chinese American student after she arrived with her family in Hawaii.

Website combines hockey madness and Russian roots, with (g)love

Twenty years ago, Russian players in the National Hockey League were still relatively rare; today, they and other Eastern European players are among the best represented foreign-born players in the league.

In the news this morning: Florida's voter purge, how SB 1070 decision may influence elections, possible business aid for Arab Americans, mo

Florida Defies Feds, Purges Voter Lists - KFI FM Although the federal government has urged Florida officials to stop purging voter lists, state officials insist it is necessary to ensure that non-citizens aren't voting.

Website combines hockey madness and Russian roots

An interview with Sergei Miledin of FromRussiaWithGlove.com, a site that brings fans news about Russian players in the hockey world.

Posts of the week: Intercultural love, immigrant soldiers, the deportation of adoptees, 'Undocumented Apparel' and more

This week has been somewhat of a special one, with much time dedicated to a popular town hall event at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum that focused on the growing number of interracial and interethnic relationships, the kind that by now are pretty much the norm in Los Angeles.

Love, L.A. style: Mom, Dad, I'm dating an odar

A great word came up last night during a lively public talk at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, where I moderated a panel on interracial and interethnic relationships. And while its origin is Armenian, it wound up a part of the conversation among all the couples there.

'Undocumented Apparel' takes on hipsters, privilege, and a controversial fashion ad

The beyond-hip Los Angeles clothing company American Apparel has long enjoyed a good measure of respect from the immigrant rights movement for its activism, notably the Legalize L.A.

In the news this morning: Impostor arrested for posing as immigration agent, Latino celebrity voter outreach, Asian fashion models, more

Authorities say woman posed as agent, preyed on immigrants - Los Angeles Times Araceli Martinez, 47, has been arrested on suspicion of posing as a federal agent and taking tens of thousands of dollars from undocumented immigrants in exchange for "legal resident status.

In mixed company: Love in LA, the world’s most diverse city

Where does race, culture, and identity fit in to the ways in which Interracial and interethnic couples communicate, raise children, deal with in-laws?

‘Undocumented Apparel’ takes on hipsters, privilege, and a fashion ad

A controversial fashion ad featuring a blond model posing with a Latino "California farmer" has led an immigrant activist artist to create faux ads.

Love, L.A. style: 'We are ALL the same, we just have different colored suits'

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.

More readers' thoughts on the term 'minorities'

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.

Love, L.A. style: 'Mijo he's very handsome and SO tall! And, he's white!...Marry him!'

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.

On being Latino, Hispanic, American

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.