Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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 past two days, two prominent student leaders - one in Fresno, one in Miami - have revealed that they are undocumented. Earlier this week, CSU Fresno's student body president Pedro Ramirez, 22, confirmed his status to reporters.
In the news this morning: Two undocumented student leaders, DREAM Act update, judge rules against Tenn. mosque opponents, more
Should an illegal immigrant be student body president at Fresno State? - Los Angeles Times The LAT poses the question to readers after revelation that CSU Fresno student body president Pedro Ramirez is undocumented.
A university student body president and former high school valedictorian, undocumented? Yes, and it shouldn't surprise anyone.
"I will move the DREAM Act as a standalone bill in the lame duck. It's good for the economy & Pentagon says good for natl security."
Illegal immigrant women face risks, study says - CNN Hardships faced by female agricultural workers are documented in a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Who needs American Jell-O when you've got "American style" D'Gari?
Do Latinos lack national leadership? Yes, according to a Pew Hispanic Center report released yesterday. In terms of an identifiable national "leader" for the nation's vast and disparate Latino population, there isn't one.
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.
"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.
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.
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! 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.