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

Ethnic studies community mourns loss of academic pioneer

Asian studies professor Don Nakanishi died Monday in Los Angeles. He made headlines in the 1980s when he fought UCLA in order to be granted tenure.

Booty-lifting jeans shake their way into mainstream

In the U.S. Latino market, "butt lifting" jeans have been popular for years. Now, they're adding their junk to the trunk of mainstream fashion.

What to do with Mariachi Plaza? We asked the mariachis

The historic spot in Boyle Heights is owned by Metro, and the MTA has asked locals what should be developed there. The mariachis have some practical suggestions.

Arcadia mansions: Eyesore or a sight for sore eyes?

Opponents of mansionization say bigger homes ruin the city's character, but for some Asian residents, they're a way to house extended family.

What to build at Mariachi Plaza? Ideas run the gamut

Boyle Heights residents, business owners and other stakeholders threw out ideas at a Metro workshop this weekend. Ideas ranged from a market to a mariachi museum.

Metro wants to try again to develop Mariachi Plaza

A year after Metro scrapped a plan to build retail and office space at the iconic Boyle Heights plaza, the agency wants locals to weigh in on what they want.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes up sharply in LA County

The increase came in November and December, following the Paris and San Bernardino shootings. The crimes include violence, threatening phone calls and vandalism.

Here's the immigration rule Clinton, Sanders say they oppose

It's often called the “three- and 10-year bar.” The rule prevents immigrants who've lived in the US without legal status from coming back legally for up to 10 years.

2 schools connect to break stereotypes, one kid at a time

An annual exchange program between a Jewish school and a Muslim school brings kids together to learn about their similarities.

In an increasingly multiracial US, identity is a fluid thing

A growing number of Americans are multiracial, born to parents with two or more racial backgrounds. How they identify depends on their life experience.

Compton might finally get a movie theater

The city has faced high unemployment for decades, but locals are encouraged by new investment, namely a 70,000 square foot development that includes a theater.

New guidelines for blood donors after Zika spread

The Red Cross has asked blood donors to hold off on giving blood if they've returned from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America within the past 28 days.

Need to renew your passport? Don't procrastinate

Federal officials are expecting a crush of renewal applications nearly a decade after tighter passport rules kicked in.

Eastsiders bid fond farewell to the 6th Street Bridge

For those who grew up near it, the iconic bridge that connects Boyle Heights to downtown was much more than an L.A. landmark.

Is Los Angeles an emerging hot sauce capital?

Louisiana's Tabasco sauce has ruled the hot sauce market for decades, but Mexican and Asian sauces are nipping at its heels. Two popular brands are made here in L.A. County.