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

A college graduate hopes to legalize

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'Yesterday, my brother was going to leave'

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A morning prayer service in Phoenix

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Despite injunction, much of SB 1070 remains intact

While certain sections of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law have been blocked by a preliminary injunction in federal court, the battle over the controversial Arizona measure is far from over.

American snapshot: Phoenix

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At SB 1070 rally, a business opportunity

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A tentative celebration for SB 1070 opponents

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Judge rules on SB 1070, blocks most controversial parts of law

Quite literally while I was in mid-air en route to Arizona, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix issued a ruling on SB 1070. Some aspects of the law can go into effect, but she has issued a preliminary injunction against its more controversial sections, which empowered local officers to check individuals' immigration status while conducting other law enforcement, and required immigrants to carry documents.

By the time we get to Phoenix

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Q&A: A fifth-generation ex-Minuteman on SB 1070

Al Garza is the former executive director and vice-president of the Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. The group disbanded in March. Garza now heads Patriot's Coalition, a conservative activist group with an anti-illegal immigration component.

Q&A: Kevin R. Johnson of UC Davis on SB 1070

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More on L.A's 'food deserts' now

Just a quick reminder that 89.3 KPCC's Patt Morrison will continue exploring the lack of healthy food options in low-income neighborhoods in a second installment of Navigating LA's Food Deserts this afternoon.

In the news this morning

As the clocks ticks toward the implementation of Arizona's SB 1070 on Thursday - with no court decision yet - the national media is focused on Phoenix. A few stories from there and elsewhere:

Report examines treatment of mentally ill in immigration court and detention system

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Arizona-bound buses to leave from Dodger Stadium

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