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

Nakoula's arrest generates more unwelcome attention

Coptic Christians in the Southland would rather forget about the man who allegedly made the film “Innocence of Muslims.” The arrest of the man known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula keeps fueling the story that’s connected to violent unrest in the Islamic world.

Poll: Californians 'somewhat ambivalent' on illegal immigration

A majority of California voters would be content to let undocumented immigrants have a path to U.S. citizenship, a new poll suggests, but the buck more or less stops there.

Coptic Christians react to alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker's arrest

News of yesterday's arrest of the alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is meeting with a mixed sense of relief from local Coptic Christians.

In the news this morning: Another SB 1070 appeal, alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker arrested, moon cakes, more

Arizona to appeal judge's ruling against part of immigration law - Reuters Gov. Jan Brewer plans to fight a ruling by a lower federal court blocking a part of SB 1070 that makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an undocumented immigrant within Arizona.

2 key immigration bills are pending on Brown's desk

There's a good chance that California Gov. Jerry Brown may wait until the bitter end to sign or veto two key state immigration bills with a Sunday signing deadline.

Readers vote for 'unauthorized' vs. 'illegal, 'undocumented'

A mini-poll in a post earlier this week asked readers what they think is the most appropriate term to use when referring to immigrants who are in the United States without permission: illegal, undocumented, or unauthorized.

In the news this morning: Detention profits, court rules on derivative visas, one reporter's views on 'illegal,' more

Children of immigrants who 'aged out' of visas can get their place back in line - Southern California Public Radio A federal appeals court has ruled that the now-adult children of immigrant parents who "aged out" of obtaining derivative visas at age 21 while their parents waited for green cards can regain their priority status.

Children of immigrants who 'aged out' of visas can get place back in line

Now-adult children of immigrant parents who "aged out" of obtaining derivative visas while their parents waited for green cards can get their place back in line, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Might the need for Arizona to work with federal agents impede SB 1070?

A last-minute legal challenge to the Arizona law has been thrown out, but the next impediment to the law working as envisioned by its architects could rest with federal agents.

More people being granted asylum in US, but fewer refugees admitted

The U.S. has been admitting fewer refugees since 2009, but the number of people being granted asylum has gone up.

In the news this morning: SB 1070 injunction appeal rejected, employers and deferred action, TRUST Act protest, more

Court rejects bid to block Arizona 'show your papers' immigration provision - Reuters The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion by civil rights and other groups for an injunction to block the controversial Section 2(B) of Arizona's SB 1070.

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?