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

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.

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: