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

American snapshot: East Los Angeles

Arizona? Sonora? No, East L.A.

In the news this morning: E-Verify bill faces challenges, allegations of mistreatment at border, DHS reviews Secure Communities, more

House immigration status-check bill faces tough road – USA Today A bill requiring private businesses to use a federal database to check the legal status of job applicants has made it through the House Judiciary Committee, but it's expected to have a difficult time making it past the full House and the Senate.

Student leader's deportation no longer imminent, but case still tests new guidelines

A well-known undocumented student leader and UCLA graduate is tweeting that his electronic ankle bracelet has been removed after supporters made calls on his behalf, but that his deportation order remains in place.

Two series: The migrants who arrive, and the ones who go back

There are a couple of ongoing public media series worth checking out this month that relate to migrants, both the people who arrive at their destination and those forced to return.

Uh-oh, where will 'Scarface' be from this time?

Another "Scarface" in the works? Apparently so, which means it's time to prepare for yet another criminal immigrant stereotype antihero.

In the news this morning: Ethnicity's role in New York police spying case, E-Verify bill clears House committee, day laborer ordinance, more

More cases of NYPD ethnic spying exposed - CBS News Ethnicity played a role in the surveillance conducted by New York police on Muslim neighborhoods, according to documents and interviews; Moroccan immigrants were one of the groups targeted.

A high-profile challenge to the White House's new deportation guidelines

Last month, the Obama administration announced that it would review some 300,000 cases of immigrants in the deportation pipeline, potentially sparing many deemed a low priority for deportation from removal.

Report: Children growing up in the shadows face 'multiple yet unrecognizable developmental consequences'

The Harvard Educational Review has published a fall special issue dedicated to immigration, youth and education, the highlight of which is a report released today called "Growing Up in the Shadows: The Developmental Implications of Unauthorized Status.

In the news this morning: FBI counterterrorism training, border report alleges mistreatment, undocumented children at risk, E-Verify, more

Report: FBI Counterterrorism Trainings Paint Muslims As 'Violent' And 'Radical' : The Two-Way - NPR The evolving controversy surrounding how the FBI has trained its agents on the subject of Islam, most recently over the incendiary presentations made by one intelligence analyst.

Youth and punishment: The 'hypercriminalization' of black and brown boys

It’s been another travel day, which means more good airplane reading.

In the news today: More than a million deported, the 'Irvine 11' trial, farmers fear effects of Alabama immigration law, more

It's Official: Obama Has Deported More Than A Million Unauthorized Immigrants - Mother Jones "The Obama administration had deported about 1.06 million as of September 12, against 1.

'Que viva el Vivaporu'

Being under the weather today has inspired me to dig up this post on from last year on that cure-all known in Latin America as Vivaporu. I don't have any at the moment, but it's comforting to think about it.

Latinos in corporate leadership remain scarce, in spite of a powerful Latino market

The editor in chief of PODER Magazine reports in The Huffington Post that in spite of the power of a trillion-dollar Latino market in the U.S., Latinos in the upper tiers of corporate America are still few and far between.

Even in tragedy, we're a nation of immigrants

A week ago Sunday on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Immigration Prof blog published a simple remembrance that has stood out among the many tributes and analyses I've read this month, one that's still very much worth sharing.

American snapshot: Lady Libertad

I came across the work of New York street artist N.Y.D.F. recently via the Big Apple-based Mex and the City blog, which featured some of his art.