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.


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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.

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.