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

The sad history of the 'no-noes' of Tule Lake, a WWII Japanese American internment camp

Of the 10 internment camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly sent during World War II, perhaps the most familiar to Angelenos is Manzanar, the remains of which are still visible off U.

In the news this morning: States and the SB 1070 decision, deferred action-related scams feared, agents accused of smuggling, more

Plaintiffs argue Supreme Court's Arizona decision blunts Alabama immigration law - al.com Plaintiffs seeking to block Alabama's strict new anti-illegal immigration law are at odds with the state over how a recent U.

Posts of the week: Latino voters as independents, Secure Communities, the TRUST Act, Mexico's presidential election, more

It was one of those odd weeks with a holiday smack in the middle, but immigration news still happened. Especially in California, where the state Senate passed a controversial bill that would restrict the degree to which local and state cops cooperate with federal immigration agents.

What exactly does the TRUST Act do?

A measure approved by the California Senate yesterday that some have nicknamed the "anti-Arizona" bill has made headlines today. But some of these have been more confusing than others, so it's time for a brief dissection of what's known as the TRUST Act.

Is 'illegal' an 'uncomfortable truth' when used to describe immigrants?

A CNN guest opinion essay yesterday titled "Why 'illegal immigrant' is a slur," written by Latino marketing guru Charles Garcia, generated thousands of comments and some high-profile rebuttals.

Explaining the 'anti-Arizona' Trust Act

The bill proposes restricting which immigrants local and state cops can hold for federal immigration authorities, but doesn't shield undocumented immigrants.

In the news this morning: California 'anti-Arizona' bill passes in Senate, a reporter's personal immigration drama, immigrant inventors, mor

California's 'anti-Arizona' bill clears state Senate - Southern California Public Radio A bill known as the TRUST ACT passed in the California Senate yesterday. It would place limits on the cooperation of local and state law enforcement with federal immigration authorities.

California's 'anti-Arizona' bill clears state Senate

A California measure dubbed by some as the "anti-Arizona" bill cleared the state Senate this afternoon by a vote of 21-13. Better known as TRUST Act, the bill proposes restricting who it is that law enforcement agencies can hold for deportation at the request of immigration officials.

Is 'illegal immigrant' a slur?

So states the title of a CNN guest opinion piece this morning, written by Latino marketing guru Charles Garcia. While making clear that he believes it is, Garcia points out something interesting about the language in the U.

In the news this morning: Preparing for deferred action, California as 'anti-Arizona,' image of Muslim woman used as Navy target, more

Groups seek to help immigrants prepare for deportation reprieve - California Watch An Asian American group is among those helping young undocumented immigrants prepare to seek deferred action, a temporary reprieve from deportation as recently announced by the Obama administration.

California’s ‘anti-Arizona’ bill clears state Senate

A California measure known as TRUST Act has cleared the state Senate 21-13. The bill proposes restricting who local cops can hold for immigration officials.

American snapshot: L.A. Convention Center

KPCC's Grant Slater spent a day last week at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown, where more than 7,300 people who came to the United States from more than 120 nations were sworn in as citizens June 27.

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.