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

Video: Climbing the border fence in less than 18 seconds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHjKBjM1ngw&feature=player_embedded

A short history of the 14th Amendment

We've featured some of the text from the 1868 amendment to the United States Constitution and what the amendment entails, as well as the model bill that some conservative state legislators hope will force federal judges to revise it in their quest to deny U.

The model bill to challenge the 14th Amendment

As had been planned, a group of conservative state legislators convened in Washington, D.C. this morning to unveil what they termed "14th Amendment Misapplication State Legislation.

In the news this morning: The birthright citizenship battle, undocumented immigrants and taxes, border arrests continue to drop, more

Illegal Immigration Opponents Want States to Change to Birthright Citizenship - ABC News A coalition of state lawmakers is announcing plans today for a state-by-state approach to blocking the issuance of state birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants.

Muslims in America last year: 'Like looking in the mirror and seeing a monster in place of yourself'

One of the biggest immigration-related stories of the year, one that I regret not having squeezed into my top-five list, also involved culture, religion, and a substantial dose of fear.

American snapshot: Downey

No, definitely not Florida.

Census Bureau history lesson: The immigrant population over time

For those who love statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau has compiled a nifty list of historical census facts regarding the nation's foreign-born population, as hot of a newsworthy topic today as it was in the nineteenth century.

In the news this morning: More on states' immigration plans, CO governor seeks conditions from ICE, the census and Latino politics, more

States seek to tackle birthright citizenship, illegal immigration - Atlanta Journal-Counstitution More on state lawmakers' plans to gather in Washington this week to announce their anti-illegal immigration strategies, including a plan by GOP legislators to challenge the 14th Amendment.

14th Amendment, Section 1: The battle begins

After months of strategizing, the battle over the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is about to officially begin.

Longest waits for immigrant visas: January

It's January, which means it's time for our monthly feature on the longest waits for green cards. Last month, the people who became eligible for immigrant visas after waiting the longest had endured a wait of 23 years, having filed their petitions in early 1988.

In the news this morning: Immigration bills from the states, the 14th Amendment challenge, Arizona's anti-ethnic studies law, more

Immigration Battle Shifts to States With Wave of Bills - The New York Times Among other things, at least half a dozen states will introduce laws similar to Arizona's SB 1070, and a coordinated effort in at least five states will seek to do away with automatic U.

Top five immigration stories of 2010, #1: Arizona's SB 1070

It's been a year in which immigration has played a part in everything from the economy and the 2010 census to the California governor's race, making it tough to limit the year's biggest immigration stories to a list of only five.

Top five immigration stories of 2010, #2: The Dream Act

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act wasn't new when 2010 rolled around. The proposed legislation, which would have granted conditional legal status to undocumented young people who attended college or joined the military, had already been knocking around Congress for almost a decade when it was reintroduced last year.

'Non-consensual' immigration?

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In the news this morning: Military dad in deportation, Muslim women, immigration reform prospects, Pearce on 14th Amendment, more

Marine's immigrant father faces deportation - The Washington Post Juan Andres, 41, arrived here as a teenager. His son, a U.S. Marine, is headed to Afghanistan.