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

A deferred action hopeful navigates one last, scary step

What is it like to submit fingerprints to the government after spending one's life in the shadows? Tens of thousands of young immigrants are finding out.

Survey asks unauthorized immigrants whether they prefer 'illegal' or 'undocumented'

As the debate over the terms "undocumented" and "illegal" has resurfaced in the media in recent days, ABC and Univision have put together a survey that makes logical sense: Why not ask the people referred to as "illegal" and "undocumented" themselves about how they'd prefer to be described?

In the news this morning: Alabama law draws different immigrants, protected status for Haitians extended, deferred action, more

Alabama's immigration miss - Wall Street Journal Last year when Alabama lawmakers pushed a strict anti-illegal immigraiton bill, it was sold as a way to create jobs for native-born state residents.

Poll: Should 'illegal' be retired? Is 'undocumented' a euphemism?

The debate over "undocumented" vs. "illegal" to refer to immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission has resurfaced in recent days. What do you think?

Will voter ID laws keep Latinos from the polls in November?

To what degree might a growing number of voter ID laws and policies affect Latino voters come November? According to a new report from the Advancement Project, a racial justice and civil rights organization, those affected could reach into the millions.

In the news this morning: Arizona immigrants brace for SB 1070 in action, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Three views on how the US should combat illegal immigration - Christian Science Monitor Three opinions are featured, including from advocates on the immigrant rights and pro-restriction sides, and also from the former governor of Colorado.

Where do Latinos earn most - and least? More details from a new report

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a demographic and socioeconomic snapshot of Latinos in cities throughout the U.S., including where they live and what they earn.

Nearly three-fourths of US Latinos are citizens, and other handy facts

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a snapshot of the Latino population throughout the U.S., from where they live to what they speak to how many are citizens

More of what to expect as SB 1070's 'papers please' provision takes effect

As SB 1070's hotly contested Section 2(B) takes effect in Arizona, one thing legal experts can agree on is that more legal challenges are to come.

In the news this morning: Deportations at record high, first DACA recipients go public, Romney and Latino voters, more

Number of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported hits record high - McClatchy A federal report shows that in fiscal year 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record 396,906 individuals, setting another record.

More than 1 in 10 US Latinos live in Los Angeles

Report: The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area's 5.7 million Latino residents account for 11 percent of all Latinos living in the US.

What does an Egyptian arrest warrant mean for alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker?

Egyptian officials have issued an arrest warrant for alleged 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, but it isn't bound to affect him.

What was Romney expressing with his 'Latino' comment?

A comment made earlier this year by Mitt Romney about his family's roots in Mexico is drawing some heated reactions, and it's not because he declared himself Mexican American (he didn't).

In the news this morning: SB 1070 'papers please' provision gets green light, Romney's 'born in Mexico' comment, Texas rental ban, more

Arizona immigrants craft response to 'show me your papers' law - Christian Science Monitor A federal judge ruled yesterday that a controversial provision of Arizona's SB 1070, which allows local cops to check for immigration status, may be enforced.

SB 1070 'papers please' provision to take effect - what now?

A federal judge has cleared the way for police in Arizona to enforce part of the state's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law that allows them to check for immigration status. But it's doesn't mean an end to legal challenges.