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 news this morning: It's Election Day (plus the SB 1070 hearings, the power of Spanish-language media, and more)
Arizona immigration law: One part of Arizona measure may be upheld - Los Angeles Times The 9th Circuit Court suggested during a hearing yesterday that Arizona may be allowed to require police to check the immigration status of someone suspected of a crime.
No one is more familiar with the power of the Latino vote, considered pivotal in tomorrow's midterm election, than the organizations working to get Latino voters to the polls.
"Much has been made about Latino enthusiasm around voting on Tuesday, suggesting that low enthusiasm means 'not voting.' Well, here's the thing: I am voting on Tuesday, but I would hardly describe my mood as 'enthusiastic.
In the news this morning: The myth of the Latino vote, immigration and the GOP, SB 1070 in the 9th Circuit and more
Opinion | The myth of the monolithic 'Latino vote' - Seattle Times On Latino voters as a culturally, politically, geographically and demographically diverse group.
Just as Halloween is almost here, so, too, is Día de los Muertos, the day of the dead.
"Well, the answer is: It breaks my heart, but she should be deported, because she forged documents and she lied about her immigration status."
The AtlanticWire has a roundup of stories on Oklahoma's State Question 755, an until-recently obscure ballot initiative in the Sooner State that, if approved by voters, would prohibit the state's courts from using international law or Islamic Sharia law when making rulings.
In the news this morning: Little change in AZ post-SB 1070, ethnic voters in California races, immigrants gaining jobs, more
Ariz. immigration law three months later: no arrests - USA Today After a federal court judge prevented key portions from going into effect, SB 1070 has failed to live up to opponents' fears and supporters' hopes.
Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it must be time to, er, don an afro wig, a sombrero and fake mustache, or a Kim Jong Il costume? Nah, not so much.
Pew survey: Political backlash has Latinos divided on immigration issues, worried about discrimination
The results of a new national survey from the Pew Hispanic Center show the political backlash against illegal immigration creating divisions on a number of issues among Latinos (including between those who are immigrants and those who are native-born) and prompting worries about discrimination.
In the news this morning: Anti-immigrant backlash, the Sanchez-Tran race, private prison industry's link to SB 1070, more
More U.S. Latinos say they face discrimination - The Washington Post Nearly two thirds of Latinos surveyed as part of a new study believe they are being discriminated as part of a backlash over illegal immigration.
“The Latino community will be huge in these elections, they were huge two years ago…Because two years ago this community turned out, things were surprisingly different.”
This afternoon's Patt Morrison show on 89.3 KPCC will feature an interview with Rosario Dawson, the actress who in 2004 co-founded Voto Latino, a non-partisan voter outreach organization that targets young Latinos, in particular those who are U.
Because everyone loves a good list, here's an interesting one that the San Francisco Chronicle posted today on its politics blog: The 10 political races in which the Latino vote will be decisive this Nov.