Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

First Arizona anti-birthright citizenship bills falter in state Senate

State Senate legislation in Arizona that sought to deny automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants failed to register enough support in a committee hearing late yesterday, leading its sponsor to pull the two bills, at least for now.

In the news this morning: First AZ anti-birthright citizenship bills fail, little optimism for bipartisan reforms, an increasingly diverse U

Graham, Schumer try again on immigration - USA Today News that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), have begun "very early talks" about reviving bipartisan immigration reform isn't being greeted with much optimism.

As Arizona considers birthright citizenship bill, babies (with parents) march

A hearing in the Arizona state Senate Judiciary Committee on legislation whose proponents hope to end birthright citizenship is expected to last late into the night. In response, critics today staged a protest they call the "One-Thousand Baby Chain" outside the state Capitol in Phoenix.

Honoring Jesse Valadez of 'Gypsy Rose,' legendary lowrider

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As many Egyptian Angelenos rally for reforms, others are hesitant

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In the news this morning: AZ border murder trial, (apologies to) Mexican Steelers fans, state birthright bill hearing, Egypt solidarity rall

Trial of immigration activist accused in killings spotlights tense climate along border - The Washington Post The attackers accused of killing 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul in the rural Arizona border town of Arivaca were allegedly affiliated with an anti-illegal immigration militia group and were conducting raids to steal money.

Five key things to know about the birthright citizenship debate

In recent months, the discussion over whether the United States should deny citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants has moved from the fringes of the immigration debate to center stage.

Many braceros still fighting for lost wages

KPCC's Brian Watt and Quyen Lovrich had a story last night about the continuing struggle of elderly ex-bracero guest workers trying to obtain lost compensation from the Mexican government.

In the news this morning: Forced trips to Juarez for visas, underwater scooters, New Mexico plan criticized, Egyptian Americans speak out, m

Dying for a Green Card - Mother Jones Story poses the question, "Why does the US force legal immigrants to get their visas in Juárez, Mexico's murder capital?"

From readers, thoughts on the 14th Amendment debate

Yesterday I wrapped up a weeklong series of posts on the battle over birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which as interpreted guarantees citizenship to all those born on U.

Report: Most undocumented parents arrived long before having kids

An interesting nugget buried inside a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center is relevant to the current debate over birthright citizenship brewing in Congress and state legislatures.

In the news this morning: Lunar New Year, states keep copying SB 1070, Middle East worries on Main Street and more

L.A. area's Asian communities celebrate Lunar New Year - Los Angeles Times Happy new year! Today marks the start of the 15-day Lunar New Year celebration. On the Chinese calendar, it's the Year of the Rabbit; for the Vietnamese, it's the Year of the Cat.

American snapshot: West L.A., January 29

I came across photographer Asim Bharwani's terrific Flickr photostream this week while searching for photos of Saturday's Egyptian solidarity rally in front of the federal building in West Los Angeles, organized by Egyptian Americans from Southern California.

The future of birthright citizenship: A wrap-up

During the past week, Multi-American has dissected the growing debate over the United States' longstanding policy of jus soli citizenship, commonly known as birthright citizenship.

For some Egyptian Americans, the revolution will be Facebooked

Social media has played a remarkable role not only in how Egyptians used it to coordinate the anti-government protests that are now in their ninth day, but in how the world has witnessed, relayed information, and organized around the crisis.