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

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.

Today is Immigrant Day in California - what is it?

It's not a holiday. Nor does it have anything to do with a 1987 federal proclamation declaring October 28 of that year "National Immigrants Day," which isn't a holiday either, but which some have celebrated on that day since.

California bill would only let cops hold convicted criminals for ICE

'TRUST Act 2.0' proposes that local law enforcement only detain people convicted of violent or serious felonies for immigration officials as part of the controversial Secure Communities program.

'You dance on the floors we mop the floors': From California's first Latino poet laureate, a son of immigrants

California's new poet laureate is, for the first time, the Mexican American son of immigrant farm worker parents. The first Latino ever named to the position, Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, author and professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.

In the news this morning: Alabama immigration law revised, riot at a CCA facility, 'coming out' undocumented, VAWA and immigrants, more

Alabama governor signs revised anti-illegal immigration law - CNN The revisions to HB 56, considered the nation's strictest state anti-illegal immigration law, don't address controversial provisions hung up in federal court; one of these is a provision requiring schools to check the immigration status of students.

Today is Immigrant Day in California – what is it?

It's not a holiday or a proclamation. But people from throughout the state have spent the day rallying and lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of immigrants.

Thoughts from a TV exec on a complex, evolving, bilingual Latino audience

Univision's Alberto Mier y Terán had some interesting things to say about the evolving Latino TV audience yesterday afternoon in an interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen on All Things Considered.