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
As a vote on the DREAM Act nears, what is political spin and what isn't? Now that a white paper listing GOP talking points in opposition to the proposed legislation is making the rounds, the Immigration Policy Center has issued a document countering some of the claims being made.
Last week, when I was excitedly tweeting about UNESCO's designation of Mexican food as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” - right up there with French cooking - I didn't think too far beyond how this long-misunderstood underdog of the world's most sophisticated (and yes, delicious) cuisines was finally getting its due.
In the news this morning: Student Steve Li returns home, GOP leaders prepare to battle DREAM Act, birth tourism, more
Freed student Steve Li returns to S.F. - San Francisco Chronicle The Chinese-American college student was almost deported to Peru, where he was born while his family lived there temporarily.
A temporary restraining order will continue in effect until the end of this month blocking a controversial new Oklahoma law that, if implemented, would amend the state's constitution to ban the use of Islamic Sharia law in the state's courts.
Last month I wrote about the discussion provoked by a campaign organized by ColorLines, an online magazine covering issues related to racial justice, to discourage media use of "illegals" in reference to immigrants who arrived in this country illegally or overstayed visas.
In the news this morning: Immigration policy reversals, DREAM Act update, Steve Li's release, Latinos and Alzheimer's, more
Reversals by immigration officials are sowing mistrust - The Washington Post Advocates on both the right and the left say that shifting positions by officials - such as a reversal on whether jurisdictions could opt out of one enforcement program - have created a climate of mistrust.
A week ago, it seemed there would be nothing stopping the deportation of San Francisco student Steve Li to Peru, where the 20-year-old Chinese-American was born while his family was living there.
This is the first time I've ever seen an English-language billboard with an image of bibimbap, the beloved Korean meal-in-a-hot-pot, most often crowned with raw egg.
A recent study by UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center examined the future earning potential and economic input of the estimated 825,000 now-undocumented youths who stand to benefit from the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow a path to legal status for college students and military enlistees.
In the news this morning: Why CSU Fresno student leader was outed, DREAM Act update, SB 1070 boycott gets expensive, more
Ramirez fairly treated by Collegian - The Collegian Interesting piece from the editorial board of the CSU Fresno campus daily on the decision to out student body president Pedro Ramirez as undocumented.
Does anyone know that it's the 20th anniversary of the H-1B visa? The tech reporters at Computerworld do. The magazine has produced a special report on the temporary work visa used to bring over highly skilled foreign workers, many employed in the technology industry.
In the past two days, two prominent student leaders - one in Fresno, one in Miami - have revealed that they are undocumented. Earlier this week, CSU Fresno's student body president Pedro Ramirez, 22, confirmed his status to reporters.
In the news this morning: Two undocumented student leaders, DREAM Act update, judge rules against Tenn. mosque opponents, more
Should an illegal immigrant be student body president at Fresno State? - Los Angeles Times The LAT poses the question to readers after revelation that CSU Fresno student body president Pedro Ramirez is undocumented.
A university student body president and former high school valedictorian, undocumented? Yes, and it shouldn't surprise anyone.
"I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck. It's good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security."