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

Emails illustrate how non-criminals can get caught up in Secure Communities

A series of newly released emails between California and federal officials from last year adds more fuel to the debate over the arrests of non-criminal immigrants under Secure Communities.

Fact check: In spite of military reference in Obama's deferred action memo, no, undocumented immigrants can't serve

WNYC has a good fact-check piece on President Obama's recent announcement of temporary legal status for some young undocumented immigrants. In his speech last month announcing who might qualify for deferred action, Obama mentioned those who had already contributed to the United States by "serving in our military, protecting us and our freedoms.

In the news this morning: Scams feared after deferred action announcement, Mexican immigrants dismayed at election results, more

Fraud a danger for immigrants offered work permits - Associated Press After President Obama's recent announcement that many young undocumented immigrants may apply for temporary legal status and work permits, a concern that has arisen is the threat of scams seeking to take advantage of them.

Emails illustrate how non-criminals can get caught up in Secure Communities

A series of newly released emails between California and federal officials adds more fuel to the debate over the arrests of non-criminal immigrants under a controversial enforcement program.

PRI candidate won in Mexico, but was unpopular among Mexican immigrants casting votes

Had Mexico's presidential election been decided by Mexican immigrants living abroad, the results would have been quite different from how the election turned out in Mexico.

Just how independent are Latino voters?

So are Latino voters as solidly behind President Obama 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.

PRI candidate won in Mexico, but wasn't popular among immigrants casting votes

A tally of votes cast by Mexicans living abroad indicates that if it had been their election, winner Enrique Peña Nieto would have trailed in third.

In the news this morning: The PRI returns in Mexico, the diversity of Latino voters in U.S., undocumented law school grads, more

Mexico's old rulers claim presidential election victory - Reuters Mexico's old ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has returned to power after a 12-year absence.

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.