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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
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.
In the news this morning: Arizona legal woes, 'birth tourism,' and an odd twist to Discovery gunman story
Ariz. immigration law's legal costs could top $1 million - USATODAY.com (USA Today)
Earlier this month, I linked to a story out of Texas about a guard from an immigration detention facility being arrested for allegedly fondling female detainees. The only unusual thing about it was that he was arrested; the type of allegations made were not.
This is hands-down the most hilarious thing I've seen all week: Album Tacos, a new Tumblr site that features taco-fied versions of classic album covers. Call it the Taco Version.
This afternoon's Patt Morrison show on 89.3 KPCC will be examining the process of becoming a U.S. citizen: how long it takes, how expensive it is, and what it takes for immigrants to navigate a complicated legal system.
In the news this morning: More migrant kidnappings, grief in Latin America, another head scarf lawsuit and more
Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico - CNN.com (edition.cnn.com)
"Why should Pennsylvania ... become a Colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our language or customs, any more than they can acquire our complexion?"
So while I was driving this afternoon, I missed the start of biggest national crime story so far today, an armed hostage crisis at the Discovery Channel headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland that ended with the gunman killed during a stand-off with police.
I promise that I won't post any more reports after this, but one released today by the Center for American Progress is pretty interesting. It's a report on immigrant assimilation that points to key benchmarks being met by relatively new immigrants.
The Pew Hispanic Center has a new report out today that crystallizes what U.S. Border Patrol arrest statistics have been indicating for the past few years: The number of undocumented immigrants entering the United States has dropped off sharply, reduced by nearly two-thirds over the past decade.
In the news this morning: Illegal immigration down, big risks for those still crossing, and shots fired near mosque
Illegal immigration to U.S. down almost 67% since 2000, report says (The Washington Post)
The other night, while I was visiting with a few comadres, the talk turned to Ciudad Juarez. One woman had just seen the film "Backyard," a Mexican feature based on the hundreds of unsolved murders of women, many of them factory workers, in the border city.
A thought-provoking piece in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Sandy Banks caught my attention earlier today.
Several news outlets have stories today on a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco which concludes that foreign-born workers do not displace native-born ones.
In the news this morning: Smuggling danger, immigrants and jobs, a new Arizona lawsuit, halted deportations and more
Mexico to announce plan to protect migrants - CNN.com (edition.cnn.com)