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 the news this morning: Calif. border crossing starts major expansion, immigrant challenges Georgia license law, Sergio Romo's shirt, more

Busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing gets makeover - Associated Press Tens of thousands of vehicles per day are being rerouted as of yesterday at the San Ysidro border crossing, the busiest on the U.

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos?

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

Do exit polls misrepresent Latino voters?

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

In the news this morning: Immigration courts still behind on caseload, Sergio Romo's 'illegal' t-shirt, more

Immigration judges behind on caseload - Associated Press The Justice Department's Inspector General reports that the federal government is not keeping up with the caseload in the nation's immigration courts, even with more judges.

Tales from the Mexican American middle class

Latino. Middle class. The two terms don’t frequently come up side by side in many of the more popular depictions of Latinos in the U.S. But this large and often overlooked group is now the subject of a new book.

Beyond newsroom diversity: Should who covers what matter?

A recent analysis of newspaper stories concluded that 95 percent of immigration stories sampled were written by non-Latino white journalists. Does it matter who covers what?

In the news this morning: State immigration initiatives, Californians more tolerant of undocumented, deferred action skeptics, more

Gay marriage, pot, immigration among ballot issues - ABC There are measures addressing these issues in several states, including a Montana immigration initiative calling for voters to have proof of citizenship, and a Maryland measure proposing in-state tuition for undocumented college students.

Should there be more reporters of color covering immigration?

According to a new study, almost 95 percent of the immigration-related stories in a sampling of major newspapers this year were written by non-Latino white reporters.

'You can call it an illegal act': More readers on 'illegal' vs. 'undocumented'

Earlier this week, KPCC's Public Insight Network asked members what term they use to decribe immigrants who are in the United States wihout permission: Illegal, undocumented, or "other." The reactions keep coming.

In the news this morning: Illegal immigration as economic bellwether, DACA applicants on the rise, more

Improved economy draws illegal immigrants - USA Today More on the new study from U.S. and Mexican researchers suggesting there has been a slight increase in northbound migration from Mexico in the first half of this year, coinciding with a slowly recovering U.

'Illegal' or 'undocumented?' People explain which term they use and why

Asked what informs their choice of terms for immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission, several people explain why they use the words they do.

In the news this morning: Migration from Mexico, deported US veterans, Muslim voters, more

Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term - CNN More on President Obama's take on immigration reform from a previously off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register.

Poll: More Muslim voters support Obama, but one-fourth are undecided

A poll of Muslim voters found 25 percent of respondents still undecided in the presidential election, although the vast majority said they plan to vote. Sixty-eight percent said they favored President Obama, while seven percent supported GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

The return of migration from Mexico? Report suggests an uptick

It's been just months since the story of migration from Mexico coming to a standstill made national headlines, but a new report suggests an uptick the first half of this year.

In the news this morning: Obama talks immigration reform, more migrants at border, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Obama, in off-the-record interview, laid out plans to fiscal, immigration deals - NBC The White House has allowed the release of a transcript of an originally off-the-record Des Moines Register interview in which President Obama talked about unfinished busines he plans to get done in a second term if elected, including comprehensive immigration reform.