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
In immigration news: Senate bill may (or may not) land this week, debate over low-skilled workers, the legacy of amnesty, more
Will a comprehensive reform bill land this week, and if not, might disagreement over a low-skilled worker program hold it up? This and more.
In immigration news: New rules for raids, House nears reform deal, the aftermath of AP's dropping 'illegal immigrant,' more
A settlement sets new policies for when immigration agents enter homes, a House immigration reform plan gets closer to completion, and The Associated Press' decision to stop sanctioning 'illegal immigrant' causes even more media discord over what term to use.
Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.
In immigration news: The border security reform snag, AP drops use of 'illegal immigrant,' evangelists launch pro-reform ads, more
Border security quandary could kill immigration bill - USA Today From the story: "Lawmakers in the nation's capital are largely in agreement that the border must be secured, but the next battle will be how to secure it — and over what time period.
The Associated Press announces it's dropping the term "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook, which is followed by most mainstream media organizations.
In immigration news: Reform plans make tentative progress, Rubio's hesitation, why some Latinos say 'mojado,' more
Immigration overhaul inches forward, but big hurdles remain - NPR The Senate "Gang of Eight" working group is expected to announce proposed legislation next week, but " as anyone who closely watched comprehensive immigration overhaul efforts in 2006 and 2007 can tell you, the Senate part of this is the relatively easy piece.
Congress is officially in recess, but special working groups in the House and Senate are making progress on legislative packages.
Lawmakers have proposed eliminating visas for siblings and adult married children of U.S. citizens as part of immigration reform.
A new Pew Research survey suggests a majority of Americans support legal status for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, although they are more divided over a path to citizenship.
In immigration news: Obama optimistic about reform prospects, senators at the border, effects of NYPD Muslim spying, more
Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - USA Today From President Obama's interview Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo: "If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I'm confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer.
In immigration news: 'Gang of Eight' senators at the border, DHS to review detainees' solitary confinement, DOMA and same-sex binational couples, more
'Gang of Eight' to tour Arizona-Mexico border - ABC News Four of the eight senators working on an immigration reform proposal are set to take in border security at Nogales; so far, the Senate blueprint for immigration reform has made a path to citizenship for the undocumented contingent upon border security goals.
In immigration news: Detention and deportation, ICE agents' union wants input on reform plans, reform lobbyists, more
ICE agents' union wants to slow immigration overhaul - USA Today National ICE Council leader Chris Crane has written to a group of senators working on an immigration reform package "that they should hear from ICE agents before they complete their immigration proposal.
Supreme Court to wade into affirmative action - again - USA Today The high court has agreed to hear a case involving a 2006 Michigan referendum prohibiting use of racial preferences in state university admissions and government hiring.
In immigration news: Senate nears immigration deal but hits labor snag, reform prospects for same-sex couples, more
Senate Gang of 8 close on immigration deal - Associated Press The bipartisan group has been "meeting for hours at a time daily this week trying to complete a deal. There were still big disagreements on some issues, but they hoped to resolve most of them before Congress began a two-week recess at week's end.
As the clock ticks toward the unveiling of a comprehensive reform package, groups pushing for a same-sex couples provision know they have their work cut out for them.