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

More on L.A's 'food deserts' now

Just a quick reminder that 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison will continue exploring the lack of healthy food options in low-income neighborhoods in a second installment of Navigating LA's Food Deserts this afternoon.

In the news this morning

As the clocks ticks toward the implementation of Arizona's SB 1070 on Thursday - with no court decision yet - the national media is focused on Phoenix. A few stories from there and elsewhere:

Report examines treatment of mentally ill in immigration court and detention system

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Arizona-bound buses to leave from Dodger Stadium

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In the news this morning

WIth Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law set to take effect Thursday and a court decision on its fate expected at any time, most of the top immigration stories continue to come out of Arizona, where 89.

Anti-SB 1070 banners hang from Hollywood Freeway this morning

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DREAM Act hunger strikers enter sixth day

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'Are you part of the shadow economy?'

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Patt Morrison explores 'food deserts' in South L.A


American snapshot: Artesia

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Border series explores economic and other facets of illegal immigration

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While eyes are on Phoenix, a grim story unfolds to the south

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KPCC is headed to Arizona next week


The legacy of a border road sign

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ICE introduces online detainee locator tool

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