Leslie Berestein Rojas

Editor, Diverse Communities

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Leslie Berestein Rojas edits a team of reporters focused on diverse communities in Southern California, which is home to many new immigrants.

She previously covered immigrant and emerging communities and ran KPCC's Multi-American blog, which covered that topic.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Chicharito meets 'Chico and the Man,' and other musical tributes

The star of the Mexican national team, Javier Hernández aka "Chicharito," wasn't the one to score the winning goal Saturday the Rose Bowl, in which Mexico beat the U.S. team 4-2 in the CONACAF Gold Cup final.

In the news this morning: The Gold Cup final, 'coming out' undocumented, Latino ballplayers, state immigration laws, more

In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again - Los Angeles Times A fan of Mexico's wildly supported national team, which beat the U.S. 4-2 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, explains why the booing opposition: "We're not booing the country, we're booing the team," he said.

NCLR's Janet Murguía: 'A few nonpartisan dos and don'ts for aspiring candidates'

Given the rocky start that one presidential hopeful in Texas had yesterday, making a dud of a tequila joke before a room full of Latinos, the timing for an insider's guide to the Latino vote couldn't be better.

The smart phone vs. the digital divide

Much has been reported over the years about the “digital divide,” the lack of Internet access experienced by Latino and black Americans in comparison with other groups. Latinos in particular are on the losing end, less likely to have access than non-Latino whites, or to have a home broadband connection or a cell phone, according to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study.

In the news this morning: Undocumented journalist Vargas and deportation, Islamophobia on rise, TX governor's bad tequila joke, more

Will Journalist Face Deportation? Signs Point To 'No' - NPR U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's recent directives indicate that former Washington Post journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has revealed that he is undocumented, would not be a priority for deportation.

From KPCC's AirTalk: Would you 'come out' if you were in Jose Antonio Vargas' shoes?

A growing movement among undocumented college students that involves "coming out" with their immigration status has now inspired the same from a well-known journalist, Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas.

Readers react to the confession of an undocumented Pulitzer winner

It's not an overstatement to say that the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning former Washington Post journalist who has admitted to being undocumented, has made its way around the world by now, from Europe to the Philippines.

In the news this morning: A new immigration reform bill, controversy over undocumented journalist, California Dream Act, more

Robert Menendez, Senate Democrats Re-Introduce Immigration Reform Bill - Fox News Latino New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and other Democrats have introduced a beefed-up immigration reform bill that they hope will appeal to Republicans pushing for tougher laws.

Second part of California Dream Act advances

The second of two state bills referred to as the “California Dream Act” was approved 7 to 2 today in the Senate Education Committee, which approved a companion bill earlier this month.

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'I'm an American, I just don't have the right papers'

The man behind what has by far been the biggest immigration story of the week, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, sent out this tweet a little while ago:

Why a Pulitzer winner is coming out as undocumented

Revealing one's undocumented status as a political act has so far been embraced mostly by college students, young people eager to put a face on those who would benefit from proposed legislation known as the Dream Act.

In the news this morning: Latinos and redistricting, a journalist comes out, Georgia replaces farm workers with probationers, more

Hispanic groups dispute new Calif. political maps - San Jose Mercury News Latino advocacy groups in California are alarmed about new political maps that sketch proposed boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts, saying the changes will disenfranchise the fastest-growing segment of the population.

The complications of 'A Better Life' in the shadows

Today's Los Angeles Times featured an interview with Chris Weitz, the director of a new feature film that reveals one of the many complicated facets of life in the United States without papers.

Secure Communities reform: Does anyone benefit?

It's been a few days since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced planned reforms to its embattled Secure Communities enforcement program, which allows the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.

In the news this morning: Visa lottery lawsuit, a red-blue divide on immigration, minority education, Baptists for immigration reform, more

California lawyer sues State Dept. over revoked green card lottery - CNN A Los Angeles immigration lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of several people who were notified they had won a federal green card lottery, but whose hopes were dashed after the agency tossed out the results.