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

NCLR's Janet Murguía: 'A few nonpartisan dos and don'ts for aspiring candidates'

Given the rocky start that one presidential hopeful in Texas had yesterday, making a dud of a tequila joke before a room full of Latinos, the timing for an insider's guide to the Latino vote couldn't be better.

The smart phone vs. the digital divide

Much has been reported over the years about the “digital divide,” the lack of Internet access experienced by Latino and black Americans in comparison with other groups. Latinos in particular are on the losing end, less likely to have access than non-Latino whites, or to have a home broadband connection or a cell phone, according to a recent Pew Hispanic Center study.

In the news this morning: Undocumented journalist Vargas and deportation, Islamophobia on rise, TX governor's bad tequila joke, more

Will Journalist Face Deportation? Signs Point To 'No' - NPR U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's recent directives indicate that former Washington Post journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, who has revealed that he is undocumented, would not be a priority for deportation.

From KPCC's AirTalk: Would you 'come out' if you were in Jose Antonio Vargas' shoes?

A growing movement among undocumented college students that involves "coming out" with their immigration status has now inspired the same from a well-known journalist, Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas.

Readers react to the confession of an undocumented Pulitzer winner

It's not an overstatement to say that the story of Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer-winning former Washington Post journalist who has admitted to being undocumented, has made its way around the world by now, from Europe to the Philippines.

In the news this morning: A new immigration reform bill, controversy over undocumented journalist, California Dream Act, more

Robert Menendez, Senate Democrats Re-Introduce Immigration Reform Bill - Fox News Latino New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and other Democrats have introduced a beefed-up immigration reform bill that they hope will appeal to Republicans pushing for tougher laws.

Second part of California Dream Act advances

The second of two state bills referred to as the “California Dream Act” was approved 7 to 2 today in the Senate Education Committee, which approved a companion bill earlier this month.

Jose Antonio Vargas: 'I'm an American, I just don't have the right papers'

The man behind what has by far been the biggest immigration story of the week, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, sent out this tweet a little while ago:

Why a Pulitzer winner is coming out as undocumented

Revealing one's undocumented status as a political act has so far been embraced mostly by college students, young people eager to put a face on those who would benefit from proposed legislation known as the Dream Act.

In the news this morning: Latinos and redistricting, a journalist comes out, Georgia replaces farm workers with probationers, more

Hispanic groups dispute new Calif. political maps - San Jose Mercury News Latino advocacy groups in California are alarmed about new political maps that sketch proposed boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts, saying the changes will disenfranchise the fastest-growing segment of the population.

The complications of 'A Better Life' in the shadows

Today's Los Angeles Times featured an interview with Chris Weitz, the director of a new feature film that reveals one of the many complicated facets of life in the United States without papers.

Secure Communities reform: Does anyone benefit?

It's been a few days since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced planned reforms to its embattled Secure Communities enforcement program, which allows the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be shared with immigration authorities.

In the news this morning: Visa lottery lawsuit, a red-blue divide on immigration, minority education, Baptists for immigration reform, more

California lawyer sues State Dept. over revoked green card lottery - CNN A Los Angeles immigration lawyer has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of several people who were notified they had won a federal green card lottery, but whose hopes were dashed after the agency tossed out the results.

Report: The world's poorest countries host the most refugees

Today is World Refugee Day, and to mark it, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a report detailing where people displaced from their native countries by war, famine, political upheaval and other crises have sought shelter.

Dropping the 'Americanized' nickname

I've been catching up on my reading after a few busy days in Florida spent at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists convention, and among the great items I've sifted through is an interesting post on WAMU’s DCentric blog about ‘Americanized’ nicknames.