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

'You can call it an illegal act': More readers on 'illegal' vs. 'undocumented'

Earlier this week, KPCC's Public Insight Network asked members what term they use to decribe immigrants who are in the United States wihout permission: Illegal, undocumented, or "other." The reactions keep coming.

In the news this morning: Illegal immigration as economic bellwether, DACA applicants on the rise, more

Improved economy draws illegal immigrants - USA Today More on the new study from U.S. and Mexican researchers suggesting there has been a slight increase in northbound migration from Mexico in the first half of this year, coinciding with a slowly recovering U.

'Illegal' or 'undocumented?' People explain which term they use and why

Asked what informs their choice of terms for immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission, several people explain why they use the words they do.

In the news this morning: Migration from Mexico, deported US veterans, Muslim voters, more

Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term - CNN More on President Obama's take on immigration reform from a previously off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register.

Poll: More Muslim voters support Obama, but one-fourth are undecided

A poll of Muslim voters found 25 percent of respondents still undecided in the presidential election, although the vast majority said they plan to vote. Sixty-eight percent said they favored President Obama, while seven percent supported GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

The return of migration from Mexico? Report suggests an uptick

It's been just months since the story of migration from Mexico coming to a standstill made national headlines, but a new report suggests an uptick the first half of this year.

In the news this morning: Obama talks immigration reform, more migrants at border, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Obama, in off-the-record interview, laid out plans to fiscal, immigration deals - NBC The White House has allowed the release of a transcript of an originally off-the-record Des Moines Register interview in which President Obama talked about unfinished busines he plans to get done in a second term if elected, including comprehensive immigration reform.

Latinos' preference for Obama part of a trend as GOP loses their support

A recently released Pew Hispanic Center survey found overwhelming support for President Barack Obama among Latino voters; there are also more Latinos favoring the Democratic party today. It's part of a gradual trend.

In the news this morning: Asian American voters, no immigration in foreign policy debate, more

Voting campaigns target Asian Americans - Los Angeles Times Various campaigns are aimed at getting Asian Americans to vote, including one involving a "blitz of mailers, multilingual phone banks and online tool kits for Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Thai and Vietnamese voters.

The case for living in two languages

The co-authors of new book titled "Bilingual is Better" are the same two bloggers and bicultural moms behind Spanglish Baby, a go-to site for parents trying to raise bilingual kids. They share their insight and personal stories in a Q&A.

Disney's Princess Sofia: Not Latina but 'mixed-heritage'

After a Disney executive producer commented to press that a new Disney princess to be unveiled next month was to be Latina, Disney is clarifying her ethnicity.

In the news this morning: Immigration stance wins Obama support, King defends 'bird dog' comment, overlooked Latino voters, more

Obama immigration stance locks in Hispanic support - Associated Press Obama's evolving immigration stance, especially a recent order allowing legal status for some young undocumented immigrants, has gained him support from Latinos who have been trending Democratic in light of stricter GOP positions on immigration.

Is Disney's new princess 'dark enough'? Readers react

So what should a Latina Disney princess look like, anyway? We asked the question, and you answered.

In the news this morning: Baca sued over immigration holds, a Latina Disney princess, AP clarifies 'illegal' usage in memo, more

ACLU sues Sheriff Baca over jail refusals - Los Angeles Times Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of people who allege having been denied bail for minor offenses after they were subjected to immigration holds.

Disney has a new princess, Sofia, but is she Latina enough?

There's a new princess joining Disney's ethnic princess roster. This time, she's Latina. And, not surprisingly, some people are already at odds over whether she's Latina enough.