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

After the Dream Act vote, a few more good reads

With the amount of student activism surrounding it and the coverage it has received, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, otherwise known as the Dream Act, has perhaps been the biggest immigration story of 2010.

For Los Angeles, a 'multiplicity of corridos'

I didn't have a chance to make it to a performance Saturday afternoon by Ozomatli at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where the band performed the top entries in a contest seeking the "The Corrido of L.

Gratuitous lunchtime tamales photo

Three weeks into December, four more days to Noche Buena. Had enough of these yet?

From readers, more thoughts on the Dream Act

Thanks to everyone who joined the discussion on the Dream Act this weekend, after Saturday's procedural vote in the Senate. I spent the morning with a group of students and other supporters as they made last-minute calls to legislators and watched the vote take place on C-SPAN, posting updates as the voting proceeded.

In the news this morning: The Dream Act defeat, a custody battle over an immigrant workers' son, Latino voters in Compton and more

Students look to 2012 after immigration bill fails - The Washington Post After months of activism in hopes of passing the Dream Act, which would have granted conditional legal status to undocumented students and military hopefuls, students were disappointed by the bill's failure in the Senate Saturday, but say they aren't giving up.

'It didn't happen today:' Dream Act fails, but supporters vow to keep trying

The Dream Act, which would have granted conditional legal status to certain undocumented youths who attend at least two years of college or join the military, fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for cloture in the Senate.

As Senate votes on Dream Act, students wait


Waiting for the Dream Act vote

A vote on the Dream Act is expected shortly in the Senate. The bill would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who attend college or join the military, provided they arrived in the United States before age 16 and meet other strict criteria.

The L.A. Corridos are here at last

Since late September, Los Angeles students in grades 7 through 12 have been composing corridos - some traditional, some not - as part of a contest seeking “The Corrido of L.A.," a song written in the traditional Mexican narrative ballad style that best captures the essence of the city.

Before the vote, a few good Dream Act reads

With a Senate vote on the Dream Act now in the works for tomorrow morning, there is no shortage of reading material pertaining to the bill, which would grant conditional legal status to undocumented youths who either attend college or join the military, provided they arrived here before age 16 and meet other strict criteria.

In the news this morning: Dream Act vote is on, detainee medical care, 2010 albums and more

Senate DREAM Act Vote Set for Saturday - ColorLines Saturday morning votes are in the works for the Dream Act and a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving opening in the military.

Dream Act: A possible vote on Saturday

Talking Points Memo is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will file cloture tonight on two key measures for Senate Democrats, the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military, and the Dream Act.

Latinos and health: Guys, eat a salad and stay home

This is not a great news day for Latino men, health-wise. First, a new Yale School of Medicine-led study has found that while young Latinos in the U.S. have generally better health than non-Latino white men, they are more likely to be murdered or die in a car accident.

Shared memories of Boyle Heights' Wyvernwood

A post from earlier this week featured a video produced by the Los Angeles Conservancy telling the story of the Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a unique 70-acre Boyle Heights complex built in 1939 that, for much of its existence, has been home to generations of immigrants and their Los Angeles-raised families.

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."