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

The all-American Chinese-Japanese fortune cookie saga continues

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In the news, this afternoon

Good afternoon. The morning slipped away from me as I worked on a post about local relief efforts for victims of the devastating flooding in Pakistan. But better late than never, here are some of the top immigration-related stories of the moment.

Help on a personal scale: Pakistani immigrants create their own mini flood relief efforts

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Old country, meet new country

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Suicides among border agents on the rise


In the news this morning

Feliz Monday. Here are a few of the top immigration-related stories today and from over the weekend.

American snapshot: Chinatown

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In the news this morning

A few of today's top immigration-related stories: a border security bill, uncertainty about further immigration reforms, and more.

Fast food moratorium in South L.A. to end; permanent solutions still in the works

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Guelaguetza: The next generation

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Community pushes for healthy food choices in South LA

Residents concerned about the impending expiration of a fast food moratorium in South Los Angeles gathered at the Second African Methodist Episcopal Church to explore how to promote and adopt a healthy lifestyle in a region short of healthy options.

Quote of the moment: A Latina blogger's take on "anchor babies"

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In the news this morning

Buenos días. Here are some of the top immigration-related stories this morning, along with a couple of other good reads.

Coming soon to Koreatown: Little Bangladesh

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Pew Hispanic Center report: Unauthorized Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children

In a newly-released report, the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the United States in 2008 were born to undocumented parents.