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Leslie Berestein Rojas
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
It's been the most outrageous political story of the week so far: Television ads produced by a GOP-affiliated 527 group called Latinos for Reform that, in the most direct way possible, urged Latinos not to vote.
In the news this morning: The man behind the 'Don't vote' ads, a nationwide challenge to birthright citizenship, more
The Last Word - GOP past of leader behind 'Don't Vote' ad - msnbc.com Video of host Lawrence O'Donnell grilling Latinos for Reform leader and longtime GOP political operative Robert De Posada on his 'Don't vote' ads targeting Latinos and his background.
Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce held a press conference today in Phoenix to discuss plans for a state measure challenging automatic U.S. citizenship for children born in this country to undocumented immigrants.
"Settling on an adjective to describe this ad, and campaign, escapes me now; I've no hope of finding one any time soon."
Ads targeting Latinos: "Don't vote" - Multi-American/KPCC A GOP-affiliated group has produced ads in English and Spanish urging Latinos not to vote in the coming election.
"...I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that."
It's been a few weeks since I last wrote about Noor Abdallah and Imane Boudial, the two Muslim women working at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim who were pressuring their employer for the right to wear hijab at work.
The Pew Hispanic Center has released a new interactive map of the Latino electorate, illustrating the percentage of eligible Latino voters by state.
In the news this morning: The PA hate crime conviction, the EPA and communities of color, a birthright citizenship bill, more
Soul-searching in Shenandoah - Opinion - The Times-Tribune On the conviction last week of two young Pennsylvania men for the hate-crime beating death of undocumented immigrant Luis Ramirez in 2008.
And no, this photo has nothing to do with Bell's political corruption scandal, even if that's what I was writing about when I took it.
The debate this week over using the term "illegals" to refer to immigrants who have entered the country or overstayed their visas illegally continues. And reading the comments beneath a series of posts on ColorLines, The American Prospect, The Washington Post and other sites has been fascinating, a bit like being a fly on the wall at a gathering where a heated debate is taking place among the guests.
L.A.'s Ozomatli has jumped into get-out-the-vote efforts with a new bilingual single titled "Respeto," Spanish for "respect," released yesterday as part of a joint project with the National Council of La Raza.
In the news this morning: Bilingualism and brain power, hate crime conviction in PA, Secure Communities and 287(g), more
Can bilingualism improve your brain's multitasking power? - Los Angeles Times Weighing the benefits of raising children bilingually from an early age.
"There’s no conflict between honest reporting and dropping the i-word. I use undocumented and unauthorized regularly, as this is a matter of permission represented by a piece of paper.