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

The end of NSEERS, one of the most contentious post-9/11 national security programs

The Migration Policy Institute has published a brief history and analysis of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, known as NSEERS, which was terminated in recent weeks by Homeland Security.

The Arab Spring in the Southland: Egypt (Video)

Earlier this year, as pro-democracy protests engulfed the Middle East, KPCC staff videographer Grant Slater began videotaping solidarity rallies held in Los Angeles by immigrants in support of democratic reforms back home.

In the news this morning: Canada's immigration awards, an immigrant health bill in Texas, more

What SB1070? In Canada, They're Handing Out the 2011 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards - Fox News Latino As a political battle over immigration rages in the U.S., Canada is celebrating its third annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, given to foreign-born citizens who have contributed the most to their adopted country.

More ethnic food tastes worth acquiring: Spam musubi

Hawaiian cuisine is perhaps the original Asian fusion cuisine, a mix of tastes that has evolved over centuries of immigration to the islands.

An unfortunate computer glitch puts the 'visa lottery' on the map

Last week, a computer glitch dashed the hopes of tens of thousands of immigrants who had hoped to come legally to the United States - and put one of the quirkier programs within the U.

In the news this morning: California's changing face, states and Secure Communities, the NSEERS program comes to an end, more

California's Latino and Asian populations rise while white declines - Sacramento Bee California's ethnic mix is shifting not only because there are greater numbers of Latinos and Asians, but because there are fewer whites.

The Arab Spring in the Southland (Video)

It has been nearly six months since a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire in protest after a confrontation with police. His desperate act sparked a series of pro-democracy protests that have since engulfed the Middle East, driving masses into the streets and toppling governments.

Top ten secrets of the Latin American supermarket

Moving past the piñata section at a Superior warehouse store in Bell, Calif. Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

Understanding the escalating controversy over Secure Communities

A heated controversy over the federal immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities has been brewing since last year, when several local jurisdictions around the country tried to opt out of the program, only to learn they couldn't.

In the news this morning: Migrant dangers in Mexico, state immigration laws, Secure Communities and domestic violence, more

Mexico migrants: Mexico immigration agency fires top officials amid reports of collusion with kidnappers - Los Angeles Times The head of the agency announces steps to tighten and speed screening of immigration agents in states traversed most often by Central American migrants en route to the United States.

Goodbye Encarnación, hello Estefany

The website for Telemundo's Mun2 channel recently posted an amusing slideshow on the evolution of baby names in Spanish, from old-fashioned traditional names with a religious bent like Encarnación and Guadalupe to English names filtered through Spanish, à la Estefany, Yenifer and Jhonatan.

Digging into the new Dream Act

The latest version of the federal Dream Act that Senate Democrats plan to introduce is, at least for now, fairly similar to the version approved by the House last December.

Report: U.S. population growth almost exclusively minority-driven

We already know that Latinos accounted for more than half the nation's population growth in the last decade.

In the news this morning: Federal Dream Act, Secure Communities controversy, more

Senate’s top Democrat sees path for DREAM Act in possible immigration enforcement legislation - The Washington Post Senate Democrats announced yesterday that they will reintroduce a bill that would grant conditional legal status to some undocumented youths brought here at minors, but it faces long odds; Sen.

American snapshot: Glendale

Is Glendale helping preserve a language? There are different but similar versions of Armenian spoken by the Armenian diaspora. Western Armenian, which is spoken by many immigrants who came to the United States, is considered by UNESCO to be in danger of extinction.