Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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: Cuba eases exit visa restriction, immigration and tonight's presidential debate, more

Cuba eases exit visa requirements for most of its citizens - NPR The Cuban government has announced that it will no longer require Cubans to apply for an exit visa to travel outside the country, something that has impeded Cubans from going abroad for more than 50 years.

Processing deferred action applications could take time

Close to 180,000 applicants have filed for deferred action, but the speedy processing time experienced by early applicants could slow as more people apply.

In the news this morning: LA gets closer to city ID for undocumented, Obama loses slight edge with Latinos, more

Villaraigosa pushing ID card plan for illegal immigrants - Los Angeles Times Tomorrow a Los Angeles City Council committee is set to consider a plan for a city identification card that would be available to undocumented immigrants, and which they could use for banking services.

How Latinos may decide the election

The CNN website has a featured essay from Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, in which she writes about how Latinos may decide the election.

More Latino voters support Obama, but will they vote?

A majority of Latinos surveyed say they'd vote for President Barack Obama, but how many of them will make it to the polls? That's one takeaway question from a new Pew Hispanic Center survey, which found a large majority of respondents (69 percent vs.

In the news this morning: Immigration not top concern for Latinos (except in Arizona), Castro's son says he's not dead, more

Immigration a concern, but not most pressing issue, for Latinos - Los Angeles Times A new Pew Hispanic Center survey finds Latinos most concerned about issues like education, jobs, the economy and healthcare.

Is Fidel Castro dead? Anatomy of a trending Twitter meme

Rumors of longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro's death used to come and go. But Twitter — especially Spanish-language Twitter — has enabled those rumors to gain new urgency.

Do exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

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

Romney plan to eliminate deferred action prompts applications

When Mitt Romney commented last week about ending the deferred action program, chances are he wasn't planning to inspire new applicants. But it seems he has.

In the news this morning: ICE addresses Vargas arrest case, rising border deaths, a deferred action status check, more

ICE defends itself in Jose Antonio Vargas case - Politico U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are defending their decision not to take enforcement action against Jose Antonio Vargas, a former Washington Post reporter turned undocumented immigrant activist.

American snapshot: Koreatown

Another L.A. snapshot from blogger Calvin Ho's Migrantography, a photo blog capturing little slices of immigrant life in the United States and elsewhere. In the Koreatown Galleria supermarket on Olympic Boulevard, this instant soup display well reflects the neighborhood's demographics.

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

October is underway, meaning it's time to see who has had the longest wait for a family-sponsored immigrant visa this month. Twenty years, twenty three years? The line doesn't budge much, at least not for hopeful immigrants in certain categories, from certain countries.

A deferred action applicants gets good news

It's been more than a week since we last heard from Ivan Ceja, a 20-year-old Long Beach City College student from Compton who was among the first to apply for temporary legal status under the deferred action program in mid-August.

Report: The voting power of new US citizens

Recently naturalized U.S. citizens could have the power to help swing certain key states in the election, a new report suggests.

In the news this morning: LAPD chief proposes limits on deportation holds, a Latino swing-state lead for Obama, more

LAPD chief proposes limiting who local cops can hold for deportation - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced yesterday that he hopes to introduce a new policy that would limit who local cops hold for immigraiton agents to serious offenders.