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

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.

American snapshot: Keeping the faith in Fullerton

I came across these three signs today while doing some reporting in Orange County, driving down Brookhurst Avenue in Fullerton. They sit in the parking lot of two Christian churches that sit adjacent to one another, and which together draw in congregants in three languages.

Rubio as running mate: Help for Romney, or 'Hispandering?'

Now that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has said that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate pick, along with others, the debate over whether or not Rubio can help steer much-needed Latino voters toward Romney has resurfaced.

Rubio as running mate: Help for Romney or ‘Hispandering?’

After much speculation, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has confirmed that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential running mate. But critics on both sides have concerns about the freshman Cuban American lawmaker as a veep pick.