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: Migrants rescued off Santa Cruz Island, wives of deportees bonding online, Mexico repatriation flights resume, mor

Illegal immigrants rescued off Santa Barbara coast - Los Angeles Times Fifteen Mexican citizens were stranded for days on Santa Cruz Island after being left there by smugglers. They used a cell phone to call for help.

Part of California Dream Act headed to Senate floor

One of two bills that make up what's referred to as the California Dream Act is now on its way to the Senate floor. The proposed legislation would allow undocumented college students to apply for and receive scholarships that don't come from state funds.

The special resonance of Facundo Cabral's 'No soy de aquí, ni soy de allá'

Perhaps the most devastating news out of Latin America over the weekend was the senseless murder of legendary Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, gunned down in an ambush in Guatemala while en route to the airport after performing there, with the bullets supposedly intended for his concert promoter.

Children of immigrants and the 'risky' creative jobs their parents don't like

Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. has highlighted an intriguing shift in the Indian American community as some children of Indian immigrants, whose parents traditionally pursued jobs in fields like health care or engineering, have broken with tradition and moved into riskier creative fields like entertainment or the high-end food industry.

In the news this morning: Major League Baseball and immigration, migrants stranded on Santa Cruz Island, D.C.'s dying Chinatown, more

Arizona immigration law met by silence from Major League Baseball - USA Today Calls for the league to condemn Arizona's SB 1070 and take the All-Star game out of Arizona have gone unheeded.

'My husband reminds me que no soy mexicana, soy gringa'

An earlier post today highlighted an insightful essay by CNN contributor Ruben Navarrette on his "mixed" marriage, the union of a third-generation Mexican American husband and a Mexican-born wife.

A 'mixed' marriage: When third generation meets first generation

Several recent posts have explored the topic of interracial and intercultural relationships. But what about when the partners come from the same culture, yet are first-generation immigrants married to someone from the second or third generation?

In the news this morning: A flawed immigration court system, state bar considers undocumented lawyer, Mexican citizen executed in TX, more

Removal of Priest’s Cases Exposes Deep Holes in Immigration Courts - New York Times The records of a priest with no formal legal training, who represented thousands of immigrants in New York's crowded federal immigration courts for decades, reveal the flaws in the immigration court system.

Readers to L.A. map artist: You forgot Koreatown!

Readers checking out a hand-drawn map posted on the site last week that bluntly illustrates Los Angeles' racial, ethnic and class boundaries have pointed out a glaring omission.

American snapshot: South L.A.

Summers are hot in the dense Florence district of South Los Angeles, where there is very little green space. One solution, as some wise merchants know, is small inflatable wading pools that can fit in a compact backyard or an apartment complex, allowing overheated kids to keep cool.

Why you've heard of Caylee, but not Brisenia or Marchella

The trial involving Casey Anthony, recently acquitted of murder charges in the 2008 death of her toddler daughter Caylee Anthony by a Florida jury, has made national headlines for months.

In the news this morning: Mexico migration changes, detention mistreatment allegations, a proposed immigration museum, more

Immigration Upended: Damien Cave Answers Readers' Questions - New York Times The reporter who wrote a story on how economic and other improvements in Mexico are contributing to a slowdown in migration addresses questions from readers.

Another map: L.A.'s tiniest officially designated ethnic neighborhood


Top ten pastimes at L.A.'s Navasartian Games, the 'Armenian Olympics'

While others were attending cookouts and pool parties over the Fourth of July weekend, Multi-American guest blogger Lory Tatoulian was taking in the sports-related drama at the 2011 Navasartian Games, what she describes as the "mini Armenian Olympics.

More on Latinos and race: The rise of the Latino 'American Indian'

A recent post highlighted a Migration Policy Institute article that explored the origin of the “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin” category on census forms, and in the 40 years that Latinos have been asked to identify in terms of Spanish origin, the varying ways in which they have also come to identify in terms of race.