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

In the news this morning: The DREAM Act comes up for a vote, more

Senate Poised for DREAM Act Showdown Today - COLORLINES

L.A. in color: The ethnicity map

Perhaps the most interesting thing I've seen all day: A color-coded map of the Los Angeles area based on race and ethnicity, which has been making the rounds all day on Twitter and via several local blogs (and now, finally, this one).

A month of daily dispatches from Tacolandia

Thirty taco trucks in thirty days? Bring it on.

Quote of the moment: An aspiring soldier without papers

"A Navy recruiter came to my high school, and I told him about my status. I told him that I was his next Navy SEAL (the best of the best). He chuckled, and I did, too. I told him I didn't have a Social Security number and asked if that would be a problem.

DREAM Act campaign heats up before vote tomorrow

With a day to go before a Senate vote on the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would allow a path to legal status for undocumented youths who go to college or join the military, student groups and other supporters are pulling out all the stops in their campaign to secure votes.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act vote on the way, Colin Powell on immigration, the Arizona appeal, Chuseok and more

US Senate scheduled to vote on DREAM Act Tuesday | 89.3 KPCC

DREAM Act 101: The basics of the bill

Since Tuesday, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that he would attach the DREAM Act to a defense bill and move it toward a vote next week, the proposed legislation has been perhaps the biggest story involving the children of immigrants - in particular, young 1.

'Liberty for All' online comic strip makes rounds as DREAM Act moves toward vote

An online comic strip about an undocumented college graduate named Libertad, nicknamed Liberty, has achieved unexpected notoriety in recent weeks, with art from the comic circulated on Facebook and on fliers distributed by supporters of the DREAM Act.

In the news today: The DREAM Act, the detention industry, Muslim in America, L.A.'s Maya community and more

News Analysis - Immigration Path for Students Pushed in Senate - NYTimes.com (The New York Times)

DREAM Act supporters staging full-court press for upcoming vote

A dozen or so young DREAM Act supporters sat in a cramped room in the Westlake district this afternoon, using every available phone line as they scrolled down lists of phone numbers for U.

'The Fence,' a documentary, airs tonight

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Hispanic Heritage Month: A time to be marketed to, or something more?

Now that it's officially Hispanic Heritage Month as of yesterday, it's time to explain just what HHM is and where it comes from, along with all the very mixed feelings that come with it.

In the news this morning: Mexico's 200th, DREAM Act, 14th Amendment and more

YouTube - Raw Video: Mexico Celebrates Bicentennial (youtube.com)

El Universal's top 10 'most Mexican' songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0jNkSk9tHw&feature=player_embedded

The DREAM Act, through the back door

The less-known military component of the DREAM Act is proving to be its saving grace this week: Yesterday, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced that next week he will offer the legislation as an amendment to a Defense Department authorization bill, pushing the long-proposed immigration legislation toward a Senate vote.