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.


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Posts of the week: No ruling on SB 1070, what's next on deferred action, rising immigration from Asia, a Romney-Rubio possibility, more

Whew, what a week it has been. Suspense has been building as the U.S. Supreme Court issues rulings on several cases it has heard this year, but not yet on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, on which a decision is expected this month.

Study: Students of color who earn STEM degrees make more money

Much has been made of the Startup Act 2.0, a bipartisan bill that seek to make the path to legal resident status easier for foreign students who obtain advanced degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as STEM.

Poll: Obama's popularity among Latinos spikes

Was President Obama's announcement last Friday that he would grant temporary legal status to some undocumented youths a smart political move? Seems like it. A second poll since last week by the Latino Decisions polling firm shows that at least among Latinos in five battleground states, Obama maintains a strong lead over GOP rival Mitt Romney.

Study: Students of color who earn STEM degrees make more money

A University of Southern California study found that of more than 1,000 students of color tracked for several years, those who majored in and took jobs related to science, technology, engineering and math earned 50 percent more than classmates who majored in humanities and education.

In the news this morning: Romney's immigration promises, most deportations through CA border crossing, Muslim 'radicalization' hearings, mor

California border crossing sees most deportations - Sacramento Bee The busy San Ysidro border crossing south of San Diego is used more than any other border crossing to deport Mexican nationals, according to a California Watch analysis of government data.

Report on Asian Americans doesn't address major disparities, critics say

A new report from the Pew Research Center that takes in the new role of Asians as the fastest-growing group of recent immigrants in the U.S. is being criticized by some Asian American groups, not because of what it reports, but because of what they say it doesn't communicate.

Romney's 'long-term solution' on immigration: What would it be?

Addressing whether he would do away with President Obama's new plan to grant temporary legal status to some undocumented young people who came to the United States as minors, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said today at a Latino elected leaders' conference:

In the news this (late) morning: No ruling yet on SB 1070, Romney does NALEO, how many could be eligible for deferred action, more

No Supreme Court ruling today on Arizona's SB 1070 - Southern California Public Radio The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings on other cases heard this year, but held off this morning on its decision concerning Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law.

No ruling on SB 1070; more Supreme Court opinions expected Monday

We'll have to wait until next week for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070, Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law. The high court justices issued opinions today on four cases heard this year, but not on the most highly anticipated or contentious ones, which include not only SB 1070 but the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Report on Asian Americans doesn’t address disparities, critics say

Asian American organizations have been critical of a new Pew Research Center report on how Asians are now the biggest group of recent immigrants. They say the report doesn't address big disparities among different Asian ethnic groups in areas like income and education .

Romney’s ‘long-term solution’ on immigration: What would it be?

Speaking today at a Latino elected officials' conference in Florida, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney talked about replacing President Obama's temporary legal status plan for young immigrants with his own "long-term solution," among other things.

SB 1070: What the justices are weighing, what's at stake

Background on Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-immigration law. There was no Supreme Court ruling Thursday, but it could come as early as Monday.

No SCOTUS ruling on Arizona's SB 1070, health care

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether four provisions of Arizona's 2010 anti-illegal immigration law are in conflict with federal law, as the Obama administration asserts.

Immigrants in California's labor force: Active, entrepreneurial, and sometimes over-skilled

The California Immigrant Policy Center and the University of Southern California have released a new report indicating, as other recent data has, that California's immigrants are largely here to stay, with a majority of the state's foreign born having lived in the U.

The challenges of implementing Obama's deferred action plan

The dust has settled somewhat after President Obama announced Friday that he would not seek the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, allowing them to apply instead for temporary legal status and work permits if they qualify.