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

In the news this morning: Female immigrant detained after domestic violence call, smugglers use phony UPS van, S-Comm expands, more

Woman Who Made Domestic Violence Call Ends up in Immigration Custody - Fox News Latino A woman in Colorado who called police over an alleged domestic violence incident said she was turned over to immigration authorities and detained for nearly two weeks; civil rights advocates say her case is one of three similar ones in her county.

You speak Miami, I speak East L.A.: The regional dialects of U.S.-born Latinos

Among immigrants from Latin America in the United States, national and regional accents and dialects are commonplace. But the same holds true for many of their U.S.-born and raised children, who speak English as their native language, but with a Spanish-inflected lilt that's particular to the region of the country they were raised in.

Is the term 'minorities' still relevant? What readers had to say

Now that children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color make up the majority of new births in the U.S., accounting for more than 50 percent of children younger than age one last year, it's prompted a good question:

In the news this morning: Latinos and same-sex marriage, an undocumented law school grad, Startup Act 2.0, Chipotle under scrutiny, more

Poll: Obama Gay Marriage Stance Won't Sway Latinos - Arizona Public Media Polling indicates that while many Latinos are more socially conservative, they are less concerned with same-sex marriage than with issues like the economy and jobs.

Bird dogs, feral hogs, dangerous waters, toxic waste: The metaphors we use for immigrants

You might say that Rep. Steve King of Iowa has a penchant for mentioning immigrants and animals together in the same speech. This week, the Republican congressman has come under fire for talking about the United States drawing the "cream of the crop" in terms of immigrants, not a bad thing in itself, but in the context of breeding bird dogs.

Report: Are U.S. immigration policies hurting business?

Compared with the United States, several other countries are doing more to attract skilled and entrepreneurial immigrants, according to a new report, and their economies benefit from it.

Bird dogs, feral hogs, dangerous waters, toxic waste: The metaphors we use for immigrants

Rep. Steve King of Iowa has been in hot water this week for comparing the "cream of the crop" of immigrants to good bird dogs, but it's not a first. Animal and other metaphors are often used for immigrants and immigration, including in media and the courts.

In the news this morning: Census undercounts people of color, visas proposed for highly skilled workers, immigration vs. dog breeding, more

2010 census missed more than 1.5M minorities - Associated Press A federal analysis shows that the 2010 census over-counted the U.S. population by about 36,000, mostly due to affluent whites with multiple homes.

Bell corruption scandal inspires a new media experiment: A newspaper, in Spanish

A Spanish-language news website plans to launch a print newspaper for the city of Bell, where ousted city officials face criminal charges in a corruption scandal. The idea is “to contribute to the strengthening of the political, social and economic” development of the community, say its publishers.

Is it time for a term to replace 'minorities?'

Sometime in July 2010, non-Latino white babies in the United States ceased to be the majority of new births, with children born to black, Latino, Asian and other parents of color accounting for more than 50 percent of children younger than one last year.

Bell corruption scandal inspires a new media experiment: A newspaper, in Spanish

It's been a while since all heck broke loose in Bell, a working-class, Latino-majority city in southeast Los Angeles County.

Is it time for another term to replace ‘minorities?’

The nation's demographics have shifted, with non-Latino white babies no longer a majority. Is it time to re-evaluate what we call members of other racial and ethnic groups?

Meet 'Generation Dora': The influence of Latinos on mainstream U.S. culture

As babies from groups still labeled as minorities have become the majority of U.S. births, what does this bode culturally? In an opinion piece for NBC Latino, blogger Alicia Menendez writes about something that has been happening for a while now: The influence of Latinos, by now the nation's largest minority group, has increasingly become a part of the cultural mainstream.

In the news this morning: Obama and Asian American voters, U.S. Latinos' regional accents, Chipotle under immigration scrutiny, more

Asian Americans grab Obama's attention - San Francisco Chronicle President Obama's reelection campaign has been pursuing Asian and Pacific Islander voters; as one Bay Area activist puts it, both major parties are "trying to find a community of interest that might be moved - and one of the unturned stones has been the Asian community.

'TRUST Act 2.0': Amended CA bill would only let cops hold convicted criminals for ICE

A year ago, a bill was moving through the California state legislature that aimed to make optional counties and cities' participation in the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program.