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

Q&A: OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano on Mexican food, yellow cheese and 'Bro-Mex'

The OC Weekly’s Gustavo Arellano knows a thing or two about Mexican food, and not just the traditional stuff that is actually found in Mexico. In his by now legendary “¡Ask a Mexican!” column, Arellano routinely fielded inquiries like “I always wondered why Mexican restaurants en los Estados Unidos use queso amarillo (yellow cheese) on their food.

Quote of the moment: The student 'most likely to save the world' on status and studies

College students and graduates campaigning for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, heard yesterday in a Senate subcommittee, staged a mock graduation ceremony this morning in Washington, D.

In the news this morning: Dream Act hearing, immigration and demographics, opting out of Secure Communities, more

Senate holds first hearing on DREAM Act - UPI Report on yesterday's first hearing on a new version of the federal immigration bill, in which key White House officials focused on economic and national security issues.

Readers on interracial dating and parents' rules

A post yesterday highlighted author Diane Farr's new memoir about interracial romance titled “Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After,” and her accompanying recent essay for the New York Times about the early days of her relationship with her Korean American husband.

With Dream Act a tough sell, ICE prosecutorial discretion memo will be put to test

A recently reintroduced Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act received its first Senate hearing this morning, in a chamber packed with young undocumented immigrants who stand to benefit from a bill that proposes granting conditional legal status to young people who arrived in the U.

The Dream Act and the economy

Senate Democrats speaking in support of a newly introduced version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act this morning have been bringing up economic reasons for passing the proposed legislation, which would grant conditional legal status to young people brought here before age 16 if they go to college or enlist in the military.

In the news this morning: The Dream Act and the economy, state immigration laws, Latinas and health, lawsuit over wearing hijab at work, mor

Democrats pitch DREAM Act as needed economic patch - USA Today As Democrats renew their push for the Dream Act act in a Senate hearing this morning, the sales pitch will also focus on how the undocumented youths eligible for legalization under the bill can help the nation's foundering economy.

2011 version of the Dream Act to get its first Senate hearing

A new and slightly revised version of the federal Dream Act will get its first Senate hearing tomorrow morning, more than a month after Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and other top Senate Democrats announced plans to bring it back.

A girlfriend from the 'wrong' race: New memoir takes on interracial romance

Over the past few months we've presented a few different takes on interracial relationships, social territory that even in an increasingly multiethnic country remains full of unexpected land mines.

Chicharito meets 'Chico and the Man,' and other musical tributes

The star of the Mexican national team, Javier Hernández aka "Chicharito," wasn't the one to score the winning goal Saturday the Rose Bowl, in which Mexico beat the U.S. team 4-2 in the CONACAF Gold Cup final.

In the news this morning: The Gold Cup final, 'coming out' undocumented, Latino ballplayers, state immigration laws, more

In Gold Cup final, it's red, white and boo again - Los Angeles Times A fan of Mexico's wildly supported national team, which beat the U.S. 4-2 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, explains why the booing opposition: "We're not booing the country, we're booing the team," he said.

NCLR's Janet Murguía: 'A few nonpartisan dos and don'ts for aspiring candidates'

Given the rocky start that one presidential hopeful in Texas had yesterday, making a dud of a tequila joke before a room full of Latinos, the timing for an insider's guide to the Latino vote couldn't be better.

The smart phone vs. the digital divide

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.

From KPCC's AirTalk: Would you 'come out' if you were in Jose Antonio Vargas' shoes?

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.