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

A candlelit rally in L.A. as Dream Act vote nears

With a vote on the Dream Act expected as early as tomorrow, enthusiasm mixed with jangled nerves tonight at a candlelight rally held by supporters in downtown Los Angeles.

DREAM Act dollars: A roundup of reports

Different estimates have been floated around in recent weeks as to what the DREAM Act represents in dollars and cents: How much money it may cost, and how much money it may generate.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, LAPD and racial profiling, Supreme Court hears AZ employer law, NY deportee pardons, more

Reid files cloture as House, Senate poised to vote on DREAM Act - The Hill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture last night on the DREAM Act, setting up an upper-chamber vote for as early as Wednesday morning.

A sneak peek at one 'Corrido of L.A.' entry

In late September, I wrote about an unusual songwriting contest for the "The Corrido of L.A."

Bloggingheads debate takes on DREAM Act

Over the weekend Bloggingheads.tv posted an interesting back-and-forth on the DREAM Act between Josh Bernstein, immigration policy director for the Service Employees International Union, which supports the bill, and Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.

Blogger El Random Hero and Superman: Something in common?

Zócalo Public Square has posted a bittersweetly humorous essay by L.A. blogger El Random Hero, aka Erick Huerta, who also happens to be undocumented.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, GOP in CA split on proposed immigration law, behind the record deportations, more

Immigration vote set for this week - Scott Wong - Politico Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to file a cloture motion on the DREAM ACT Monday night, setting up a Wednesday vote.

Tamales, champurrado, a cold December night

Tonight I braved the southbound I-5 to make it to a favorite annual holiday event in San Diego, December Nights, which draws what seems like half the city to Balboa Park for two nights to eat, take in the lights, duck into the museums and listen to carolers.

Report finds educational disparities between Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander subgroups

A new report reveals wide gaps in the educational achievements of different Asian ethnic groups in California, with big disparities between Asian-American, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.

NewsHour Connect: Democrats tighten DREAM Act, hoping to appeal to GOP

Yesterday's PBS NewsHour Connect featured a segment on the retooled version of the DREAM Act, which federal lawmakers are expected to vote on next week, the student activism surrounding the bill and its chances in Congress.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act analysis, OC civil rights history, Ron Santo, more

NewsHour Connect: Democrats Tighten DREAM Act in Hopes of Appealing to Republicans - PBS NewsHour A rundown on the streamlined version of the bill introduced this week, student activism and its chances of success in Congress, with analysis from me.

RIP Le Van Ba, the Vietnamese sandwich king

If there is anything good that came out of French colonialism in Indochina, it's the bánh mì, otherwise known as the Vietnamese sandwich. And the man who helped popularize it in California was Le Van Ba.

Donated photo: A downtown DREAM Act rally

A student participating in a rally in downtown Los Angeles this morning to promote the DREAM Act sent in this photo. The rally was held in support of both the proposed federal legislation and of several demonstrators arrested during a rally a few months ago, who were in court today.

DREAM Act: Movement in the House

Update: A pending House vote on the DREAM Act has been put off awaiting the results of a budget report. Frank Sharry of America's Voice, which is monitoring the bill, said this afternoon that a floor vote is now expected mid-week.

In the news this morning: Immigrant workers shortchanged, Temecula gets a mosque, DREAM Act students, mob deportation, more

Stealing Immigrants' Wages in New York - Village Voice On how immigrant workers are regularly shortchanged on wages and overtime.