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
A convention of quinceañeras? Close, actually. These young ladies were among the dress models at a quinceañera expo last weekend in a Garden Grove hotel ballroom, where dozens of vendors catering to the parents of teenage girls preparing for the Latin American coming-of-age ritual set up booths hawking everything from DJ services to makeup and, of course, dresses.
Financial aid for undocumented college students paying tuition has inched a bit closer to becoming law in California, with part of the legislation dubbed the "California Dream Act" passing its first Senate test.
In a three-part series this week, KPCC's Washington, D.C. correspondent Kitty Felde has been exploring the controversy over Secure Communities, a federal immigration enforcement program that also draws in local authorities.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities news, Section 8 lawsuit, Azusa gang indictment, some immigrants leaving Georgia, more
Texas Moves Ahead With Secure Communities Program — The Texas Tribune While some states have been moving away from the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, Republican lawmakers in Texas are seeking to expand it.
Los Angeles city leaders have become the latest elected officials to shun the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, which allows for the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.
A post yesterday told the story of "22,000 Tears," a Facebook page set up by disappointed would-be immigrants to the United States who learned in early May that they had won immigrant visas in an annual federal lottery, then were soon informed there had been a computer error and that the lottery results would be voided.
Now that it's June, it's time for another look at the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. Who has been waiting the longest time for an immigrant visa this month?
In the news this morning: California's in-state tuition law upheld, Massachusetts shuns Secure Communities, Utah 'hit list' case, more
Supreme Court ruling on tuition for immigrant students likely to bolster legislation nationwide - Los Angeles Times The U.S. Supreme Court decided yesterday that California may continue granting reduced in-state tuition to college students who are undocumented.
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.