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
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
YouTube - Raw Video: Mexico Celebrates Bicentennial (youtube.com)
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.
The culture blog Remezcla has had a series of "especial bicentenario" (bicentennial special) posts the past week honoring some of the quirkier aspects of Mexican culture, especially those unique terms that I find even funner than Cuban terms, if that is possible.
Tonight marks the eve of Mexico's bicentennial, being celebrated with elaborate fanfare in Mexico City and throughout the country, as well as in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.
In the news this morning: DREAM Act moves toward vote, diplomat seeks asylum, Mexico on eve of its bicentennial, more
Democrats pivot on immigration - Carrie Budoff Brown - POLITICO.com (The Politico)
I couldn't let the day slip by without noting the good news today for Homeboy Industries. After having to lay off 300 workers in May, the gang-intervention program that got its start 22 years ago in Boyle Heights has received a $1.