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

Illegal, undocumented, unauthorized? More debate over immigrants and AP style

Last month I wrote about the discussion provoked by a campaign organized by ColorLines, an online magazine covering issues related to racial justice, to discourage media use of "illegals" in reference to immigrants who arrived in this country illegally or overstayed visas.

In the news this morning: Immigration policy reversals, DREAM Act update, Steve Li's release, Latinos and Alzheimer's, more

Reversals by immigration officials are sowing mistrust - The Washington Post Advocates on both the right and the left say that shifting positions by officials - such as a reversal on whether jurisdictions could opt out of one enforcement program - have created a climate of mistrust.

Student Steve Li being released from detention

A week ago, it seemed there would be nothing stopping the deportation of San Francisco student Steve Li to Peru, where the 20-year-old Chinese-American was born while his family was living there.

American snapshot: Commerce

This is the first time I've ever seen an English-language billboard with an image of bibimbap, the beloved Korean meal-in-a-hot-pot, most often crowned with raw egg.

Is the DREAM Act good for the economy?

A recent study by UCLA's North American Integration and Development Center examined the future earning potential and economic input of the estimated 825,000 now-undocumented youths who stand to benefit from the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow a path to legal status for college students and military enlistees.

In the news this morning: Why CSU Fresno student leader was outed, DREAM Act update, SB 1070 boycott gets expensive, more

Ramirez fairly treated by Collegian - The Collegian Interesting piece from the editorial board of the CSU Fresno campus daily on the decision to out student body president Pedro Ramirez as undocumented.

After 20 years of the H-1B visa, a mixed legacy

Does anyone know that it's the 20th anniversary of the H-1B visa? The tech reporters at Computerworld do. The magazine has produced a special report on the temporary work visa used to bring over highly skilled foreign workers, many employed in the technology industry.

Not one, but two, undocumented student leaders have come out this week: So what, or now what?

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.

Über-achiever student? Check. Undocumented? Check.

A university student body president and former high school valedictorian, undocumented? Yes, and it shouldn't surprise anyone.

Quote of the moment: The Reid DREAM Act tweet

"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."

Author Rick Nahmias on California: "We are the most diverse place for faith in the world."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX6X0v8pvQk&feature=player_embedded

In the news this morning: Female agricultural workers, a tentative DREAM Act vote date, more

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.

American snapshot: Westlake

Who needs American Jell-O when you've got "American style" D'Gari?