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.

Stories by Leslie Berestein Rojas

Ground Zero's distant past: Before Little Syria, a burial ground for slaves

Photo by Wally Gobetz/Flickr (Creative Commons)

In the news this morning: Mosque myths, hate crimes, 'Machete' and more

Five myths about mosques in America (The Washington Post)

Bracero film wins audience award for best documentary at Latino film festival


American snapshot: Downey

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Local efforts for Pakistan flood relief step up

Photo by Oxfam International/Flickr (Creative Commons)

And this, from La Cucaracha

From Gocomics.com

In the news this morning: The anti-Muslim NY stabber, a migrant tragedy near Juarez, a Latino 'Jon & Kate' and more

Michael Enright, cabbie-stabber, had "anti-Muslim" diary - War Room - Salon.com (Salon)

Interesting link: Ruben Salazar's final piece, published Aug. 28, 1970

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Honoring Zorba, el Mexicano

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In the news this morning: The NY mosque, a hate crime, a border tragedy, Zorba the Mexican and more

Mayor Defends Mosque Near Ground Zero - WSJ.com (Wall Street Journal)

Q&A: 'Panic Nation' Filmmaker George Adams


The American quilting circle, redefined

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

American snapshot: Lynwood

Photo by Leslie Berestein Rojas/KPCC

In the news this morning

Good morning. Not the best news today: Possible record deaths on the border in Arizona and record backlogs in the immigration courts. Here is a roundup of the top stories.

A different take on mosque controversy: Ground Zero site was once 'Manhattan's old Arab District'