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

American snapshot: Chinatown

In downtown L.A.'s old Chinatown, across the river from the mostly Latino historic Boyle Heights neighborhood, it's not that unusual to see otherwise Chinese-style bakeries advertising Latin American baked goods.

In the news this (late) morning: SB 1070's 'papers please' provision gets green light, an undocumented speaker at DNC, more

Police in legal minefield on Ariz. immigration law - CBS News A federal judge has cleared the way for a contested provision of SB 1070 allowing police to check for immigration status to take effect.

Now that Arizona's 'papers please' law has green light, what's next?

The most contested provision of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law has been cleared to go into effect, although chances are the legal saga surrounding the 2010 law is far from over.

SB 1070 'papers please' provision has green light — what now?

A judge has cleared the way for a controversial section of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law to take effect, allowing police to check immigration status.

California's undocumented immigrant driver's license bill: What it does, who it benefits

Now that a California bill which would give certain undocumented immigrants the right to a driver's license is on its way to the governor's office, it's a good time to explain just what it does and who it benefits.

'The unlikely journey that brought me here': Weighing the Julian Castro effect

It's been a week of immigrant stories tied to the 2012 election, starting with the many related by GOP politicos (along with candidate Mitt Romney's son) at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last week.

In the news this morning: No deportation for DNC protesters, immigrants found adrift at sea, Julian Castro and the Obama campaign, more,

No deportation for illegal immigrants arrested at DNC - USA Today Immigration officials say they won't take action against 10 immigrant protesters arrested Tuesday for blocking traffic near the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

California’s undocumented immigrant driver’s license bill: What it does

AB 2189 is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. It proposes granting driver's licenses to young immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status under a new federal policy.

American snapshot: Pasadena

Not sure exactly how to translate this sticker, but it's the most L.A.-centric version of the infamous running family highway sign I've stumbled on yet. It was in the window of a Kogi BBQ truck in Pasadena, next to a similar sticker featuring the family with a boy (no pigtails) toting a skateboard.

Democrats call once more for comprehensive immigration reform, but how feasible is it?

As its national convention commences, the Democratic party is pushing a platform that again calls for comprehensive immigration reform. As expected, its tone is far different from that of the stricter, enforcement-based platform embraced by the Republican party.

In the news this morning: Some hesitate to apply for deferred action, Julian Castro speaks at DNC, a new Arab American superhero, more

Young undocumented immigrants hesitate to apply for new federal program amid rejection concerns - Pasadena Star-News Some young would-be applicants for temporary legal status under deferred action are hesitating, afraid they may get turned down and not get another chance.

Romney and Latino voters: Does he stand a chance?

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney secured the Republican presidential nomination this week, but polls indicate that he has a long way to go in order to secure the support he needs from Latino voters that could help him win the White House.

Romney and Latino voters: Does he stand a chance?

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign has determined he needs 38 percent of the Latino vote in order to win in November. But polls suggest Romney is nowhere near this goal. Can he catch up?

Sheltering the 'shadow population' in a hurricane

Louisiana's immigrant population has been on the rise since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which drew workers to the New Orleans and other parts of the state as rebuilding efforts began.

In the news this morning: Paul Ryan not popular with Latinos, Calif. cops and the TRUST Act, deferred action record checks spike, more

Poll: Latinos view Paul Ryan unfavorably - Politico A new poll indicates that GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan "is still unknown to many Latino voters — and of the ones who do know him, he has a 16-point favorability deficit.