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: King's immigration plans, Dream Act questions and more

King Outlines Immigration Plans for 2011 - New York Times Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the Republican who is expected to lead the main subcommittee on immigration in the House of Representatives next year, promises to crack down on employers, among other things.

American snapshot: San Diego

The city that I called home for several years is best known as a border town, but its lesser-known immigrant history also takes in two thriving Portugese-speaking communities.

Longest waits for immigrant visas: December

It's well into December, which means it's time to post the longest current waits as listed in the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin.

A blow-by-blow of last week's Dream Act strategy

So just what was it that happened with the Dream Act last week? A victory in the House on Wednesday, a Senate move to table the bill on Thursday, and media reports since that have ranged from declaring the bill dead to its having a better chance now than before.

In the news this morning: Dream Act 'tweet war,' AZ-style law for Kentucky, mariachi opera, more

California congressman extends DREAM Act tweet war through the weekend - The Hill Excerpts from the war of the tweets between Orange County's Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, an opponent of the Dream Act, and the supporters he has engaged with on Twitter.

Back again soon

I'm taking the rest of the day off to pack up for a move.

In the news this morning: Dream Act poll and promises, minorities and Twitter, Supreme Court's use of 'illegal' vs. 'undocumented,' more

Poll: Majority Of Americans Would Vote For DREAM Act - Talking Points Memo According to a new Gallup poll, 54 percent of respondents said they favored the proposed legislation that would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who attend college or join the military.

Dream Act: Is it still alive, or isn't it?

This morning, when the Senate voted to table action on the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to certain undocumented college students and military hopefuls, a group of students and other supporters of the bill who watched the vote take place on C-SPAN in downtown Los Angeles breathed a sigh of relief.

In the news, this afternoon: Different takes on Dream Act vote, ICE targeting gangs, more

Senate Tables DREAM Act Vote, But It’s Still Alive - ColorLines After the Senate moved to table the bill this morning, the next opportunity for a vote remains unclear. Senate Democrats are promising it will happen before the end of the year.

'Live to die another day:' With Senate Dream Act vote tabled, students go back to the phones

The Senate's decision this morning to table a vote on the Dream Act was greeted with optimism and a bit of relief by Los Angeles students and graduates who celebrated the bill's victory in the House last night, after a long day of making calls to legislators for support.

Joy and tears as Dream Act clears House

Jubilant students in downtown Los Angeles reacted with joyful shouts and tears as they watched a C-SPAN broadcast with the results of the Dream Act vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, which just approved the measure.

Students wait as Senate Dream Act vote delayed until tomorrow, but House still votes tonight

The Senate won't be voting on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act now until tomorrow, according to a spokesman from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office.

As seen on a t-shirt

Worn by a student in Los Angeles while awaiting a vote on the Dream Act, as the Senate takes up the measure this afternoon.

From readers, thoughts on the Dream Act

The upcoming Dream Act vote has generated by far the most reader comments in Multi-American's young history. Some readers have argued back and forth with one another on the proposed legislation.

Waiting for a Dream Act vote

Students are gathered at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center this morning to make last-minute calls to legislators and await a vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status to qualifying undocumented youths who attend college or join the military.