Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
Posts of the week: Deferred action, life as an American Sikh, Latino identity and the census, the plight of 'elder DREAMers,' more
A historic change in U.S. immigration policy occurred this week as young undocumented immigrants began applying on Wednesday for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status that is part of a new Obama administration policy.
Since Wednesday, young undocumented immigrants have been filling out and sending in applications for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status under a new Obama administration plan that will allow those who qualify to obtain work permits and be protected from deportation, at least for two years until they have to renew.
In the news this morning: Deferred action and the cost of college, states divided on driver's licenses, anti-Muslim vandalism, more
Despite Obama Immigration Policy, Young Immigrants Find College Elusive - Fox News Latino Young undocumented immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status and work permits under a new policy may finally be able to work in their field of choice after college, but the cost of tuition will remain a hurdle for many who lack permanent legal status or U.
Two Sundays ago, a known white supremacist entered a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire, killing six temple members before killing himself.
Aside from being media monoliths, Fox News, ABC and NBC have had something else in common lately: a strategy to reach a Latino audience in English. ABC has partnered with the Spanish-language giant Univision, NBC has partnered with theÂ Telemundo network, and Fox has a successful news site, Fox News Latino, that delivers loads of content in English.
Undocumented immigrants file to stay in USA - USA Today Photos and details from the first day of the application process for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status for young undocumented immigrants that is part of a new Obama administration policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than a million young undocumented immigrants are expected to begin applying Wednesday for temporary legal status known as deferred action.
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.
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.