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

Joy and tears as Dream Act clears House

Jubilant students in downtown Los Angeles reacted with joyful shouts and tears as they watched a C-SPAN broadcast with the results of the Dream Act vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, which just approved the measure.

Students wait as Senate Dream Act vote delayed until tomorrow, but House still votes tonight

The Senate won't be voting on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act now until tomorrow, according to a spokesman from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office.

As seen on a t-shirt

Worn by a student in Los Angeles while awaiting a vote on the Dream Act, as the Senate takes up the measure this afternoon.

From readers, thoughts on the Dream Act

The upcoming Dream Act vote has generated by far the most reader comments in Multi-American's young history. Some readers have argued back and forth with one another on the proposed legislation.

Waiting for a Dream Act vote

Students are gathered at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center this morning to make last-minute calls to legislators and await a vote on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status to qualifying undocumented youths who attend college or join the military.

In the news this morning: Dream Act coming up for a vote, AZ-style law proposed for CA, more

DREAM Act, Immigration Reform Bill to Get House, Senate Votes - ABC News Both the House and the Senate are expected to vote today on the measure, which would provide a conditional path to legal status for undocumented youths who attend college or enlist in the military.

A candlelit rally in L.A. as Dream Act vote nears

With a vote on the Dream Act expected as early as tomorrow, enthusiasm mixed with jangled nerves tonight at a candlelight rally held by supporters in downtown Los Angeles.

DREAM Act dollars: A roundup of reports

Different estimates have been floated around in recent weeks as to what the DREAM Act represents in dollars and cents: How much money it may cost, and how much money it may generate.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, LAPD and racial profiling, Supreme Court hears AZ employer law, NY deportee pardons, more

Reid files cloture as House, Senate poised to vote on DREAM Act - The Hill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture last night on the DREAM Act, setting up an upper-chamber vote for as early as Wednesday morning.

A sneak peek at one 'Corrido of L.A.' entry

In late September, I wrote about an unusual songwriting contest for the "The Corrido of L.A."

Bloggingheads debate takes on DREAM Act

Over the weekend Bloggingheads.tv posted an interesting back-and-forth on the DREAM Act between Josh Bernstein, immigration policy director for the Service Employees International Union, which supports the bill, and Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.

Blogger El Random Hero and Superman: Something in common?

Zócalo Public Square has posted a bittersweetly humorous essay by L.A. blogger El Random Hero, aka Erick Huerta, who also happens to be undocumented.

In the news this morning: DREAM Act updates, GOP in CA split on proposed immigration law, behind the record deportations, more

Immigration vote set for this week - Scott Wong - Politico Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to file a cloture motion on the DREAM ACT Monday night, setting up a Wednesday vote.

Tamales, champurrado, a cold December night

Tonight I braved the southbound I-5 to make it to a favorite annual holiday event in San Diego, December Nights, which draws what seems like half the city to Balboa Park for two nights to eat, take in the lights, duck into the museums and listen to carolers.

Report finds educational disparities between Asian, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander subgroups

A new report reveals wide gaps in the educational achievements of different Asian ethnic groups in California, with big disparities between Asian-American, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.