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
Much has been reported over the years about the “digital divide,” the lack of Internet access experienced by Latino and black Americans in comparison with other groups. Latinos in particular are on the losing end, less likely to have access than non-Latino whites, or to have a home broadband connection or a cell phone, according to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study.
In the news this morning: Undocumented journalist Vargas and deportation, Islamophobia on rise, TX governor's bad tequila joke, more
Will Journalist Face Deportation? Signs Point To 'No' - NPR U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's recent directives indicate that former Washington Post journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has revealed that he is undocumented, would not be a priority for deportation.
A growing movement among undocumented college students that involves "coming out" with their immigration status has now inspired the same from a well-known journalist, Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas.
It's not an overstatement to say that the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning former Washington Post journalist who has admitted to being undocumented, has made its way around the world by now, from Europe to the Philippines.
In the news this morning: A new immigration reform bill, controversy over undocumented journalist, California Dream Act, more
Robert Menendez, Senate Democrats Re-Introduce Immigration Reform Bill - Fox News Latino New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and other Democrats have introduced a beefed-up immigration reform bill that they hope will appeal to Republicans pushing for tougher laws.
The second of two state bills referred to as the “California Dream Act” was approved 7 to 2 today in the Senate Education Committee, which approved a companion bill earlier this month.
The man behind what has by far been the biggest immigration story of the week, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, sent out this tweet a little while ago:
Revealing one's undocumented status as a political act has so far been embraced mostly by college students, young people eager to put a face on those who would benefit from proposed legislation known as the Dream Act.
In the news this morning: Latinos and redistricting, a journalist comes out, Georgia replaces farm workers with probationers, more
Hispanic groups dispute new Calif. political maps - San Jose Mercury News Latino advocacy groups in California are alarmed about new political maps that sketch proposed boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts, saying the changes will disenfranchise the fastest-growing segment of the population.
Today's Los Angeles Times featured an interview with Chris Weitz, the director of a new feature film that reveals one of the many complicated facets of life in the United States without papers.
It's been a few days since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced planned reforms to its embattled Secure Communities enforcement program, which allows the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.
In the news this morning: Visa lottery lawsuit, a red-blue divide on immigration, minority education, Baptists for immigration reform, more
California lawyer sues State Dept. over revoked green card lottery - CNN A Los Angeles immigration lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of several people who were notified they had won a federal green card lottery, but whose hopes were dashed after the agency tossed out the results.
Today is World Refugee Day, and to mark it, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a report detailing where people displaced from their native countries by war, famine, political upheaval and other crises have sought shelter.
I've been catching up on my reading after a few busy days in Florida spent at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention, and among the great items I've sifted through is an interesting post on WAMU’s DCentric blog about ‘Americanized’ nicknames.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities reform plans, fewer workers as GA law looms, McCain blames fires on border crossers, more
ICE announces Secure Communities reforms - Florida Independent Planned changes announced to the immigration enforcement program include refining it to focus to serious criminals, better training of local law enforcement, and addressing potential civil rights concerns.