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

'They have a language I don’t know but I understand': On growing up mixed-race

Just as the last three decades have brought more mixed-race and mixed-ethnicity marriages, they’ve also brought a growing number of multiracial, multiethnic Americans. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of multiracial children in the U.

Three things to know as Supreme Court prepares to issue SB 1070 ruling this month

There are three weeks left in the U.S. Supreme Court's current term, and it's during this time that the high court is to issue its ruling on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law.

In the news this morning: SB 1070 ruling expected soon, two undocumented law grads seek to practice, Obama and Latino voters, more

Supreme Court to rule soon on health care, immigration; what happens next? - CBS News A decision is expected before the end of the month by the U.S. Supreme Court on SB 1070, Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

Three things to know as Supreme Court prepares to issue SB 1070 ruling

The high court is set to issue its ruling on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law this month. What's at stake, and what outcome is anticipated?

Posts of the week: Hockey madness with Russian roots, bicultural marriages, Startup Act 2.0, detention reforms under attack, more

This week has brought the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the California Primary election and an interesting measure in Compton tied to changing demographics, and deliberations in Congress over what Homeland Security should be spending, including on immigrant detainees.

A rollback on detention reforms? After 'Holiday on ICE,' House goes after public advocate

It's been less than three years since the Obama administration, at the time besieged with lawsuits over conditions in immigrant detention facilities, announced it would reform U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention system.

'Odar' and others: Have you ever been mistaken for an outsider?

A post last week explored a term that exists, in some version or another, in many cultures: How we describe an outsider, one who doesn't belong to our own ethnic group.

Poll: Latinos prefer original DREAM Act, but are split on 'DREAM-light'

The polling firm Latino Decisions has been tracking Latino voter attitudes in the run-up to the 2012 election for some time now, and the latest temperature check deals with what's referred to as "DREAM-light," a yet-to-be-introduced alternative to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that is being floated by Republican Sen.

A rollback on detention reforms? After ‘Holiday on ICE,’ House goes after public advocate

Three years after the Obama administration announced plans to reform the troubled immigrant detention system, certain long-planned aspects that have recently taken shape are being blasted by some conservative lawmakers.

In the news this morning: Little relief from deportation reviews, poll shows support for SB 1070, detainee spending cutbacks, more

Few Immigrants See Relief from Deportations In Obama Administration Review - PBS Frontline An investigation shows that of some 300,000 pending deportation cases that the Obama administration began reviewing in November, fewer than 2 percent have been closed so far.

Poll: Latinos prefer original DREAM Act, are split on ‘DREAM-light’

A new poll indicates that when given a choice, Latino voters prefer the original Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant conditional legal status to undocumented college students and military hopefuls. But they are split on a slimmed-down version being floated by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Scenes from a (bicultural) marriage: On going 'home,' wherever that is

We know that love in the United States has become increasingly color-blind, and that it may conquer much. But love across color or ethnic lines isn't always easy, even in a polyglot city like Los Angeles.

'Yes, he is Mexican...here in Tehrangeles, even the Mexicans speak Farsi'

In the run-up to an event at UCLA tonight titled "What Would a Persian Spring Mean For L.A.?," Zócalo Public Square has published a lovely essay from Iranian American journalist Ashfin Molavi, who writes about how immigrants from Iran have helped shape Los Angeles, just as it has shaped them.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

We're well into June, meaning it's time to take a look once again at the line for legal entry via the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. The bulletin lists the wait times for hopeful immigrants waiting to come to the U.

In the news this morning: Alabama immigrants afraid to seek health care, 'hijabistas' in fashion, educational disparities within ethnic grou

Tougher immigration law has migrant workers seeking healthcare in the field - News 10 Health workers from migrant clinics are reaching out to immigrant laborers in Alabama's farm fields, who are reluctant to seek health care after the state enacted a strict anti-illegal immigration law.