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

Civil disobedience at Sheriff Arpaio's booking facility

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Tension and a heavy police presence as protesters shout 'Arrest Arpaio'

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Wearing his message on his shirt

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More Phoenix protests, and a few arrests

Anti-SB 1070 protesters have gathered at different locations throughout downtown Phoenix, with some marching on to the state Capitol following a morning prayer service, while others stage a protest across the street from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

'I want to support these people'

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Anti-SB 1070 march gets underway

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Waiting to march

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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.