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.

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The two big updates of the afternoon


And now that 'Los Doyers' is trademarked...

Yesterday I posted on the trademarking of "Los Doyers," the Dodgers nickname resulting from the team's name being mispronounced in Spanish. Now, LA Observed reports that a website that sold "Los Doyers" merchandise prior to the trademark was recently asked to stop selling it.

Westlake unrest dubbed 'LA Machete Riots' by immigration restriction group


In the news this morning: Trafficked farmworkers, arrests in Mexico migrant slayings, 37 held in drop house, and more

Thai farmworkers describe being lured into slavery in U.S. - latimes.com (Los Angeles Times)

Go Doyers!

Now for a story that I absolutely freaking love: The trademarking of "Los Doyers" (as in the accented Spanish mispronunciation of "Dodgers") by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team trademarked "Los Doyers," by now a nickname so common that it's mispronounced on purpose, last month.

Social Security, bolstered by unauthorized workers

It's well known that undocumented immigrants often present false or borrowed identification, including Social Security cards and numbers, in order to find work in the underground economy.

In the news this morning: Immigration in the kitchen, an 'anchor baby' speaks out, anti-Muslim hate crimes and more

Immigration Debate Steps Into the Kitchen - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)

Raw video captures part of Westlake melee over slain immigrant


American snapshot: Westminster

A good post-holiday morning to all.

Quote of the moment: A top DHS official on illegal immigration and the labor market

"Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."

In the news this morning: Eid festivities, human smuggling by sea, and more

Muslims toning down Eid festivities in honor of Sept. 11 (The Washington Post)

American snapshot: San Marino

??A happy Labor Day to all who keep this country, its industries, and its homes running.

Because it's Friday: 'Machete'


Quote of the moment: A deported teenager, writing from Bangladesh

"I do not know the language and I fear going outside because I am different from everyone else. Speaking in English is an easy way to be targeted here. We cannot afford to live in a safer area.

Oral histories of Ellis Island go online

A collection of the oral histories of more than 1,700 immigrants who arrived through Ellis Island that was previously only available to visitors has gone online.