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

In the news this morning: Steve Li case still pending, taunting a religious minority in Oklahoma, DREAM Act discussed, more

Illegal Immigrants Can Get Reduced Tuition, California Court Rules - New York Times More on the California Supreme Court's ruling yesterday upholding an in-state tuition policy for state residents regardless of immigration status.

Quote of the moment: On the need for Asian voices in the immigration debate

"It is really frustrating to be mostly left out of the conversation. Mostly it's because the Asian-American vote is missing — the media do not sample the Asian vote to tell what we're really voting on.

Heated reaction to news of court ruling upholding in-state tuition for undocumented students

The California Supreme Court today issued a unanimous ruling that allows undocumented students to continue receiving in-state tuition at California colleges and universities, reversing a lower appeals court's decision.

A last-minute reprieve for student Steve Li

San Francisco college student Steve Li will not be boarding a plane for Peru today as planned, his deportation stalled following a last-minute reprieve.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act vote promised, student facing deportation stays, Islam used as political cultural wedge, more

Senate Vote on DREAM Act, Immigration in Lame-Duck Congress? - ABC News Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised a vote this year on the proposed legislation that would allow undocumented students and military hopefuls to obtain legal status, though prospects of it passing appear slim.

Tamales mania in El Sereno

Tamales! What can be better this time of year? I ventured over to the L.A. Tamale Throwdown in El Sereno after it kicked off this afternoon to take a few photos and, well, eat tamales.

RIP Rudy Regalado, timbalero of El Chicano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndjqEA37CSY

A Chinese-American student's pending deportation to Peru

A story that has been making the rounds in recent days is that of Steve Li, a 20-year-old Chinese-American college student from San Francisco who is being held in an Arizona immigrant detention center awaiting his imminent deportation to Peru.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act vote likely, trouble in Tennessee, a Chinese-American being deported to Peru, more

Dream Act may get another push in lame-duck session - Arizona Republic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to make one last push for the legislation in the final days of the 111th Congress.

A Marine of extraordinary tenacity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycZOgio48h4

Immigrant soldiers: Record number naturalized in past year, most since 1955

In time for Veterans Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that a record number of U.S. military personnel became citizens in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept.

In the news this morning: A TN legislator's 'rats' comment, honoring immigrant veterans, DREAM Act revisited, more

Tennessee GOP Lawmaker Warns Undocumented Immigrants Will ‘Multiply’ Like ‘Rats' - Think Progress Video shows legislator comparing immigrants to rodents while discussing prenatal care.

Two Cuban bakeries = more papas rellenas for Downey. What's not to love?

In most of L.A. county's Latino suburbs, the news of a bakery opening isn’t usually anything to get excited about, let alone anything that makes the gossip circuit. Not the case in Downey, though, home to a cafecito-drinking, pastelito-loving community of Cuban immigrants and their descendants, my family included.

A haunting tribute to 'Los 72'

Via a post on Facebook the other day, I came across this moving tribute and "virtual altar" dedicated to the 72 U.S.-bound migrants who were massacred last August in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, just a stone's throw from the Texas border.

Michele Norris's 'The Grace of Silence:' the conundrum of racism and what isn't said

Tomorrow I'll be interviewing Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, about her recently published memoir, The Grace of Silence. It's a powerful book that began as an exploration of race and the unspoken conversations surrounding it in the United States.