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

'My hope is...': Five deferred action hopefuls on why they're applying, or not

Over the last few days, my KPCC colleague Ruxandra Guidi and I have spoken with several young people planning to apply for deferred action, temporary legal status that will allow those who qualify to avoid deportation for two years and obtain a work permit.

One big deferred action challenge: How does one prove they've lived in the U.S. for 5 years?

During the past two months, ever since the Obama administration announced it would allow young undocumented immigrants to apply for temporary legal status starting today, perhaps the most onerous part of the process for applicants has been procuring the paperwork they'll need to document that they meet the requirements for eligibility.

In the news this morning: Deferred action application process begins, OC Muslim spying case, English-language content for Latinos, more

Program providing protection for young immigrants launched - CNN Starting today, young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and meet several other strict criteria may begin applying for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status under a new Obama administration policy.

Who can file Form I-821D? A few basics as deferred action process starts

Today is the day that young undocumented immigrants may begin filing applications for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status that is part of a new Obama administration policy announced in June.

Who can file immigration Form I-821D? Deferred action basics

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has posted instructions on applying for deferred action, temporary legal status under a new policy. The application period starts today.

Deferred action applications begin Wednesday

More than a million young undocumented immigrants are expected to begin applying Wednesday for temporary legal status known as deferred action.

'And what do you call yourself...?': Readers on the census and ethnic identity

A post last week headlined "Should the census change how Latinos are counted?" addressed the U.S. Census Bureau's proposed changes to how Latinos self-indentify on census forms, which now ask them for their race, then to check a box as to whether they are of "Hispanic, Latino or Spanish Origin.

Deferred action details as Wednesday's application date nears

For the past two months, at least hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants have been rushing to compile the paperwork they'll need to apply for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status that's part of a new Obama administration policy announced in June.

In the news this morning: Paul Ryan and Latino voters, TRUST Act, cost of deferred action, the fate of an undocumented law school grad, more

Does Paul Ryan mean Romney has already lost the Latino vote? - Reuters An opinion piece on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's standing among Latino voters, "the worst for a Republican presidential candidate since 1996," and his choice of Rep.

Reactions to Romney-Ryan (and not Romney-Rubio) as GOP team

In case anyone is just waking up now, Republican presidential candidate and nominee-apparent Mitt Romney has opted not to go with a Latino vice-presidential candidate, after months of speculation that he might.

'I have most of the requirements except one': Another reader on deferred action

Starting next Wednesday, many young undocumented immigrants who arrived here before age 16 may begin applying for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status that's part of a new Obama administration policy.

Changing how the census identifies Latinos: Does it complicate an already tricky question?

As the U.S. Census Bureau attempts to simplify how Latinos are counted by proposing to make them more of an exclusive category, regardless of race, does this only further complicate the already tricky question of Latino/Hispanic identity?

In the news this morning: Arpaio trial closing arguments, deferred action and the promise of better jobs, 'Shenandoah' documentary, more

Arpaio lawyers say discrimination charge unproved - Arizona Daily Star During closing arguments, attorneys for Phoenix's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a federal judge that "a group of Latino plaintiffs failed to prove during a civil trial that the sheriff or any of his deputies engaged in unconstitutional racial profiling.

What's next for SB 1070's Section 2(B)

The most controversial provision of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law could take effect very soon, but not before the judge who originally blocked it two years ago has her say.

In the news this morning: Candidates pitch DREAM Act for Democratic party platform, deferred action scams, hate rock, more

Democratic candidates pitch DREAM Act for platform - Associated Press Three Senate candidates are asking delegates to the Democratic National Convention to make supporting the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act part of the party platform.