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

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.

In the news this morning: Immigrants scammed by phony notarios, the 'sleeping giant' Latino vote, 'birther' talk makes a comeback, more

Immigrants exploited by 'notarios,' fake attorneys who target the desperate - Southern California Public Radio In Mexico, a "notario" is a professional with extensive legal training.

Love, L.A. style: A Korean-Armenian couple dishes on romance, food, in-laws and 'the dowry'

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.

A science blogger on the 'socially conservative' Latino voter

It isn't every day that science bloggers write about Latino voters' attitudes, so a recent post on this topic from Discover Magazine's Razib Khan caught my eye.

How does an adoptee get deported? More easily than one might think

Q: How does someone adopted legally as a baby by American parents get deported?

In the news this morning: A different kind of migrant shelter, undocumented entrepreneurs, the struggles of immigrant veterans, more

In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives - Los Angeles Times An old, formerly grand hotel in the border town of Mexicali is now a migrant shelter, the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. Deportees from the U.