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

U.S. immigration history, illustrated

The Migration Policy Institute released some updated charts yesterday illustrating the historical movement of people into the United States, and seeing the trends mapped out - in some cases going back to 1820 - is rather fascinating.

A streamlined DREAM Act moves forward

The American Immigration Lawyers Association sent a notice to its members this morning with details of a tighter, more restrictive version of the DREAM Act introduced in the Senate last night.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act demonstrations, Tequila Party commentary, empanadas used in self-defense, more

Groups Make Late Push to Salvage Bill Aiding Illegal Immigrant Students - New York Times Immigrant advocates have mobilized nationwide in a last-ditch effort to persuade Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which would allow a path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or join the military.

Undocumented and afraid, part 2

In my previous post, I explained my rationale in going forward with a young undocumented college student's story after he requested that he remain anonymous.

Undocumented and afraid, part 1

Much has been written lately about the college students who are coming out about their immigration status in support of the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow undocumented students like themselves, or those who join the military, a path to legal status if they meet several criteria, including having arrived in the United States as minors under 16.

The art of the DREAM Act movement

ColorLines has posted a collection of art inspired by the DREAM Act, the proposed legislation pending a vote in Congress that would allow qualifying college students and military recruits who are undocumented to obtain conditional legal status.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, Tequila Party, a New Mexico hate crime, more

15 charged over immigration protest in San Antonio - Houston Chronicle The arrests took place during a demonstration by supporters of the DREAM Act, proposed federal legislation that would provide access to legalization for undocumented youths who go to college or join the military.

Audio from today's Patt Morrison show: The DREAM Act and student activism

In recent weeks I've posted several stories and updates related to the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow a path to legal status for undocumented young people who attend college or enlist in the military.

A DREAM Act vote is coming, but when?

Speculation that the U.S. House of Representatives might take up the DREAM Act early this week - even as early as today, as some outlets had reported - turned out to be a bit premature.

In the news this morning: What's in a name, the upcoming DREAM Act vote, an immigrant private eye, undocumented student leaders, more

Little Bangladesh must grow into its name - Los Angeles Times Most businesses in the tiny hard-won district, approved by city officials earlier this year, still cater to a mostly Latino or Korean immigrant clientele.

Got masa?

Now that the turkey thing is behind us, it's officially tamales season, the time of year when bags of dry masa mix begin flying off grocery shelves. Ready for your tamaleadas?

In the news this morning: Undocumented with a law degree, green light for a disputed mosque, honoring a Boyle Heights culinary hero, more

Undocumented UCLA law grad is in a legal bind - Los Angeles Times In May, Luis Perez became the first undocumented immigrant to graduate from the UCLA School of law. But because he has been here illegally since age 8, he may not be able to practice, even if he passes the bar.

A Thanksgiving retweet

RT @NeffStarr Turkey with my white family @1pm Then my mexican family @6pm

Remembering those who put food our our tables, and those who can't afford it for their own

A couple of reports released in the past week are good food for thought as many of us head home early tonight to start Thanksgiving preparations.