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
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.
Posts of the week: An immigrant Marine, how minority kids are punished in school, immigration metaphors and being far from Japan, a year lat
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan, from which the country is still reeling. A moving video taken in Los Angeles in the days following the quake is just one of the featured posts this week, along with an analysis of the immigration metaphors used in court and the makings of the "school-to-prison pipeline" for black and Latino kids, who receive the harshest punishment in public schools.
TIME magazine's James Poniewozik ponders this in a thoughtful piece about the groundbreaking and controversial TLC reality show, whose debut we live-blogged on Multi-American several months ago.
Far From Home from KPCC on Vimeo.
New America Media reported yesterday on a planned smartphone application that Arizona immigrant rights advocates are raising money for to develop. Similar to an app developed for Occupy protesters, the "Emergency Alert and Personal Protection" app would allow immigrants detained during a traffic stop to quickly notify family, friends, and if they have one, a lawyer.
In the news this morning: Parts of Alabama law blocked, Armenian American cops file discrimination suit, more
Court blocks 2 provisions of immigration law - Montgomery Advertiser In a surprise decision, a federal appeals court has blocked two more sections of Alabama's new anti-illegal immigration law that involves "contracts between unlawfully present aliens and parties who know their immigration status.
A new interactive feature on religion and migration from the Pew Research Center yields a couple of little-known surprises. For starters, while the United States remains the world's top destination for immigrants, what is the second? Russia.