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

Just how independent are Latino voters?

Can President Obama count on as much Latino voter support as recent polls have indicated, or is there still wiggle room for the GOP before November? A new USA Today/Gallup poll would suggest the latter, but it's necessary to read the fine print.

Posts of the week: Dissecting the SB 1070 decision, more

And what a week it's been. The U.S. Supreme Court issued two of its most anticipated rulings of the year, Monday on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law and Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.

Out sick, back soon

I'm under the weather today, folks, so I'll be giving the blog and myself a rest save for the occasional tweet here and there. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

Two cultures, united by chicken feet

The Eastsider LA had a sweet little story recently about one of those iconic Los Angeles businesses with a giant chicken perched on the roof, this one the Al Salam Polleria on Whittier Boulevard in East L.

SB 1070 after the Supreme Court ruling: What happens next?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court settled the matter of Arizona v. United States, deciding to preserve a key provision of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law while striking down three others.

In the news this morning: Unanswered questions after SB 1070 ruling, immigrant innovators, the housing market and immigration, more

Ruling on Arizona's immigration law leaves many questions unanswered - Los Angeles Times The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a provision of Arizona's SB 1070 that allows local cops to check for immigration status has Latinos in the state - citizens and legal residents included - anxious about profiling.

SB 1070 after the Supreme Court ruling: What happens next?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Arizona's SB 1070 on Monday, but legal wrangling over the controversial anti-illegal immigration law is far from over.

In aftermath of SB 1070, is 'anti-immigration fervor' on the wane?

It's been a day of post-mortems on SB 1070, the 2010 Arizona anti-illegal immigration law decided on yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court, which weighed whether four controversial sections conflicted with federal law, ruled to strike down three provisions and uphold one, that being a provision empowering local cops to check for immigration status.

'Is yellow white or black?' On the Asian American dilemma

Remember that recent report from Pew Research Center on Asians becoming the nation's largest new immigrant group? The report highlighted several aspects of Asian American life in the United States, what on its face read like good news.

In the news this morning: Dissecting the SB 1070 decision, how immigration has again become a major issue, border desert deaths continue, mo

In Just 2 Weeks, Immigration Becomes the Big Issue - ABC News On the "one-two punch" that is the SB 1070 decision in the U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama's announcement of deferred action for young undocumented immigrants, and the possible effect come November.

What the Supreme Court's SB 1070 decision settles - and what it doesn't

Arizona v. United States has been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, but this doesn't mean the legal battle over Arizona's SB 1070 is anywhere near over. In fact, the court didn't even address the law's most controversial aspect.

Highlights from today's SB 1070 decision

It's been a very big news day with the U.S. Supreme Court announcing its decision on Arizona's SB 1070 this morning, and I've been posting updates directly to the KPCC website instead of here on Multi-American.

What the Supreme Court's SB 1070 decision does and doesn't settle

The court didn't address the law's most controversial aspect.

Mixed reactions to Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down three out of four sections of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration measure has drawn mixed reactions.

Supreme Court upholds controversial SB 1070 provision, strikes down rest

In what can be seen as a partial victory for advocates of state immigration laws, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key section of Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration measure, but struck down three other sections.