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

'It didn't happen today:' Dream Act fails, but supporters vow to keep trying

The Dream Act, which would have granted conditional legal status to certain undocumented youths who attend at least two years of college or join the military, fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for cloture in the Senate.

As Senate votes on Dream Act, students wait

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Waiting for the Dream Act vote

A vote on the Dream Act is expected shortly in the Senate. The bill would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who attend college or join the military, provided they arrived in the United States before age 16 and meet other strict criteria.

The L.A. Corridos are here at last

Since late September, Los Angeles students in grades 7 through 12 have been composing corridos - some traditional, some not - as part of a contest seeking “The Corrido of L.A.," a song written in the traditional Mexican narrative ballad style that best captures the essence of the city.

Before the vote, a few good Dream Act reads

With a Senate vote on the Dream Act now in the works for tomorrow morning, there is no shortage of reading material pertaining to the bill, which would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who either attend college or join the military, provided they arrived here before age 16 and meet other strict criteria.

In the news this morning: Dream Act vote is on, detainee medical care, 2010 albums and more

Senate DREAM Act Vote Set for Saturday - ColorLines Saturday morning votes are in the works for the Dream Act and a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving opening in the military.

Dream Act: A possible vote on Saturday

Talking Points Memo is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will file cloture tonight on two key measures for Senate Democrats, the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, and the Dream Act.

Latinos and health: Guys, eat a salad and stay home

This is not a great news day for Latino men, health-wise. First, a new Yale School of Medicine-led study has found that while young Latinos in the U.S. have generally better health than non-Latino white men, they are more likely to be murdered or die in a car accident.

Shared memories of Boyle Heights' Wyvernwood

A post from earlier this week featured a video produced by the Los Angeles Conservancy telling the story of the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a unique 70-acre Boyle Heights complex built in 1939 that, for much of its existence, has been home to generations of immigrants and their Los Angeles-raised families.

In the news this morning: Dream Act update, one SB 1070 challenge dropped, an Armenian genocide property lawsuit and more

Harkin: Dems will try again on DREAM Act - The Hill From Iowa Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin: If there is a GOP filibuster, "well then, we'll have to be in here after Christmas."

Out sick, back soon

Out for the rest of the day, taking the meds. Hope to be back tomorrow.

In the news this morning: Dream Act vote still in the works, deported mothers, the Fox-Cruz 'anchor baby' debacle and more

Reid Still Planning to Hold a Vote on the DREAM Act - Fox News Latino Just when is still unclear, but the Senate Majority Leader has promised a Senate vote. It's now possible that the vote could occur next week.

Video: Boyle Heights' Wyvernwood apartments

The Los Angeles Conservancy has produced a video that tells the story of Boyle Heights' historic and unusual Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a sprawling 70-acre complex built in the late 1930s where generations of immigrants have raised generations of Angelenos.

Laptop art: Dream Act students' computers

Spending time with college students while they call legislators in support of the Dream Act has also meant spending time with their laptops, as many juggle school work with their activism on a bill that would grant conditional legal status to undocumented students – including some of those making the calls – and military hopefuls.

Q&A: Catching up with Arthur Mkoyan, now in college, but still in immigration limbo

Last week, when college students invested in the Dream Act gathered around the country to anxiously watch the results of voting in the House and Senate, one of those on the edge of his seat was Arthur Mkoyan.