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
Last month, when the U.S. State Department scratched the results of its 2012 green card lottery due to a computer glitch, thousands of hopeful immigrants who had thought they'd won a chance to live in the United States were crushed to learn they wouldn't be coming here after all.
An interesting experiment in bilingual journalism is taking place east of the L.A. River in Boyle Heights, this one with a sweetly old-fashioned component: a print edition.
In the news this morning: Immigration and same-sex couples, a review of the green card lottery, Latinos going to federal prison, more
Same-sex marriage: U.S. immigration policies cause some same-sex couples to live abroad - Los Angeles Times While straight American citizens can obtain green cards for their spouses and fiances, the Defense of Marriage Act has precluded same-sex couples from receiving the same benefits.
Los Angeles' chief of police is less than gung-ho about a controversial immigration enforcement program known as Secure Communities, a federal fingerprint-sharing program that has drawn complaints from some law enforcement and state officials, while it is embraced by others.
In the news this morning: An Arizona-style bill in Alabama, the hip imam, Georgia seeks farm labor, the 'Emboricuate' beer scandal, more
Alabama passes Arizona-like immigration bill, intensifies hiring regulations for businesses - New York Daily News State legislators approved a state immigration bill Thursday that allows police officers to detain drivers who have committed a traffic violation if there is "reasonable suspicion" that they are in the state illegally, and requires that all businesses to verify the legal status of their employees.
Buried at the bottom of an Associated Press story that ran in the El Paso Times today is a nugget that Latino tweeters have been seizing on: Mitt Romney's dad was from Chihuahua.
As California grapples with how to reduce its prison population, there is one group of inmates that keeps expanding: federal immigration detainees, a growing number of then held by private jailers.
In the news this morning: Migrants missing off Tunisia, Georgia immigration law challenged, immigrant detention in Adelanto, CA and more
More than 200 immigrants missing off Tunisia coast - The Associated Press At least 200 are reported to be missing and two are dead after a fishing boat carrying hundreds of immigrants that set off from Libya sank off the coast of Tunisia in a storm.
News about the nation's growing Latino population has been rolling out almost continuously since the results of the 2010 Census were announced late last year.
A new report from the Migration Policy Institute that was funded by the European Union addresses the never-ending quandary over unauthorized workers, as much of an issue in Europe as it is in the United States.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities in NY and SF, the 'Tequila Party,' a Latino majority in many cities, Russell Pearce recall, mor
Cuomo To Pull New York Out Of Secure Communities Program - NY1 Governor Andrew Cuomo will at least temporarily pull New York out of the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program pending a review.
If you're on a low-carb diet, perhaps. I never thought I'd see chicharrones marketed as a diet-friendly, low-carb food, but indeed, fried hog skin turns out to be carbohydrate-free.
The California Assembly voted last week to approve a bill that seeks to extricate the state from Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program in which the fingerprints of people who land in local jails are checked against a database of immigration records.
A post yesterday told the story of the late Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, whose name has come up in recent weeks after one Southern California legislator suggested a U.S. Navy ship be named for him.
In the news this morning: Calif. Secure Communities bill advances, Latinos and gay marriage, refugees continue to flee Libya, more
Immigration legislation: California lawmakers weigh opting out of federal immigration enforcement program - Los Angeles Times A bill that would allow California and local jurisdictions to opt out of the controversial Secure Communities immigration enforcement program passed the Assembly late last week, and moves forward to the Senate.