Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie Berestein-Rojas
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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

Remembering Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien

The Vietnamese dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien died earlier this week in Southern California at 73.

LAPD chief proposes limiting whom local cops can hold for deportation

A California bill that would have limited local cops' cooperation with immigration authorities was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, but Los Angeles' police chief has announced that he'll be seeking a way to implement his own limits.

Immigration a non-subject during last night's presidential debate

One of the most talked-about topics this morning surrounding last night's presidential debate was one that wasn't even mentioned: immigration.

A political ad that pits black voters vs. immigrants

A political ad from an anti-illegal immigration group that's set to air during tonight's presidential debate touches a raw nerve for some people; it essentially pits black voters against immigrants.

The backlash over California's new immigrant driver's license law

Gov. Brown signed a law Sunday directing state officials to let some young undocumented immigrants apply for driver's licenses, but some would benefit aren't happy about it.

In the news this morning: Romney says he'll honor DACA reprieves, activist group's TV spot pits black voters vs. immigrants, more

Romney says he would honor reprieves granted by Obama - New York Times Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters this week that he "would not cancel temporary reprieves from deportation that President Obama is granting to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants.

A record number of Latinos can vote, but will they?

There are a record number of Latinos eligible to vote in this year's election, according to a new report. But how many will actually make it to the polls?

Why did Brown veto the TRUST Act?

After a California bill that would have limited how state and local police cooperate with federal immigration officials was vetoed by Gov. Brown last night, the focus has shifted to why.

In the news this morning: Calif. immigrant driver's license becomes law, TRUST Act vetoed, more

Brown signs bill allowing young immigrants to get driver's licenses - San Jose Mercury News In a last-minute flurry of bill signings and vetoes on deadline last night, California Gov.

Nakoula's arrest generates more unwelcome attention

Coptic Christians in the Southland would rather forget about the man who allegedly made the film “Innocence of Muslims.” The arrest of the man known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula keeps fueling the story that’s connected to violent unrest in the Islamic world.

Poll: Californians 'somewhat ambivalent' on illegal immigration

A majority of California voters would be content to let undocumented immigrants have a path to U.S. citizenship, a new poll suggests, but the buck more or less stops there.

Coptic Christians react to alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker's arrest

News of yesterday's arrest of the alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is meeting with a mixed sense of relief from local Coptic Christians.

In the news this morning: Another SB 1070 appeal, alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker arrested, moon cakes, more

Arizona to appeal judge's ruling against part of immigration law - Reuters Gov. Jan Brewer plans to fight a ruling by a lower federal court blocking a part of SB 1070 that makes it illegal to transport, shield or harbor an undocumented immigrant within Arizona.

2 key immigration bills are pending on Brown's desk

There's a good chance that California Gov. Jerry Brown may wait until the bitter end to sign or veto two key state immigration bills with a Sunday signing deadline.

Readers vote for 'unauthorized' vs. 'illegal, 'undocumented'

A mini-poll in a post earlier this week asked readers what they think is the most appropriate term to use when referring to immigrants who are in the United States without permission: illegal, undocumented, or unauthorized.