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
In the news this morning: NYPD targets Muslim communities, a 'graduation' protest, Alabama immigration law in court, more
With CIA help, NYPD moves covertly in Muslim areas - The Associated Press An investigation by The Associated Press has found that the New York Police Department "operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government.
Why is it that in spite of public opinion poll support for broad immigration reforms and two presidents who have pushed for it recently, such initiatives have fallen short in the last decade?
Latina Lista featured a piece yesterday on the Immigrant Archive Project, a fascinating new video history project put together by the Miami-based Latino Broadcasting Company. The aim is to document in a public way those histories that are passed down through generations of how the immigrants in our families arrived in this country and began a new life.
In the news this morning: Changes underway from new deportation policy, Alabama in court over immigration law, entrepreneur visas, more
Advocates cheer new immigration rules but expect Obama to follow through - The Hill Immigrant advocates say that President Obama's move to review and halt the deportations of thousands will resonate with Latino voters only if he backs it up.
Learning recently that a unique gathering place on the U.S.-Mexico border was turning 40 inspired me to dig up this slide show from last year, with the audio and photos taken during my last visit there.
Having just written "emigration, vs. immigration" in my last post, I found this little piece in the Mail Tribune of southern Oregon amusing. A reader named Ruth sent in a question to a "Since You Asked" column inquiring about the terms emigrant (one who leaves his/her country to settle in another) vs.
What are the costs of maintaining policies around the world that restrict immigration? Economist Michael Clemens of the Center for Global Development has done the math, and "the few estimates we have should make economists’ jaws hit their desks," he writes.
In the news this morning: Repatriation flights criticized, some same-sex couples' deportations halted, an immigration protest with curry, mo
Repatriation flights for illegal immigrants draw criticism - USA Today Homeland Security has spent more than $85 million in past eight years to fly Mexican migrants caught crossing through Arizona back to the interior, away from the border.
The News Taco website had an interesting post this week from educator and researcher Jose Villesecas, who argued that it's important for more Latinos to pursue advanced degrees in order for Latinos in general to "gain influence in the highest levels of our society.
After yesterday's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security that it will review some 300,000 cases of immigrants in the deportation pipeline, potentially sparing many from removal, a Obama administration official posting on the White House Blog linked to "common sense guidelines" that will be applied in deciding who goes and who stays.
The Obama administration's announcement yesterday that it would back off on deporting "low priority" immigrants who don't present a public safety threat is being cheered by immigrant advocates, but questions remain as to who will benefit and to what extent.
The Obama administration announced this afternoon that it will make further changes to the way deportation cases are handled, potentially sparing many "low priority" immigrants such as youths who arrived here as children and military families from deportation, and allowing some the opportunity to work legally.
UPDATE: In a new White House blog post, Muñoz goes on to clarify the White House's deportation policies in light of an announcement this afternoon from DHS that, if it works as planned, should spare many "low priority" potential deportees.
In the news this morning: Redistricting in L.A., immigrant taxi dancers suing club, border shooting lawsuit dismissed, more
Yaroslavsky's Westside district would be carved up by Latino plan - Los Angeles Times L.A. County supervisor Gloria Molina has proposed a redistricting plan that would create a second Latino seat on the county Board of Supervisors.
On Monday night, as protestors and speakers sounded off on the federal government's Secure Communities immigration enforcement program during a town hall meeting in Los Angeles, one recurring theme involved a local police policy enacted more than three decades ago.