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

In the news this morning: Arizona immigrants brace for SB 1070 in action, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Three views on how the US should combat illegal immigration - Christian Science Monitor Three opinions are featured, including from advocates on the immigrant rights and pro-restriction sides, and also from the former governor of Colorado.

Where do Latinos earn most - and least? More details from a new report

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a demographic and socioeconomic snapshot of Latinos in cities throughout the U.S., including where they live and what they earn.

Nearly three-fourths of US Latinos are citizens, and other handy facts

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a snapshot of the Latino population throughout the U.S., from where they live to what they speak to how many are citizens

More of what to expect as SB 1070's 'papers please' provision takes effect

As SB 1070's hotly contested Section 2(B) takes effect in Arizona, one thing legal experts can agree on is that more legal challenges are to come.

In the news this morning: Deportations at record high, first DACA recipients go public, Romney and Latino voters, more

Number of undocumented immigrants arrested and deported hits record high - McClatchy A federal report shows that in fiscal year 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a record 396,906 individuals, setting another record.

More than 1 in 10 US Latinos live in Los Angeles

Report: The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area's 5.7 million Latino residents account for 11 percent of all Latinos living in the US.

What does an Egyptian arrest warrant mean for alleged anti-Muslim filmmaker?

Egyptian officials have issued an arrest warrant for alleged 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, but it isn't bound to affect him.

What was Romney expressing with his 'Latino' comment?

A comment made earlier this year by Mitt Romney about his family's roots in Mexico is drawing some heated reactions, and it's not because he declared himself Mexican American (he didn't).

In the news this morning: SB 1070 'papers please' provision gets green light, Romney's 'born in Mexico' comment, Texas rental ban, more

Arizona immigrants craft response to 'show me your papers' law - Christian Science Monitor A federal judge ruled yesterday that a controversial provision of Arizona's SB 1070, which allows local cops to check for immigration status, may be enforced.

SB 1070 'papers please' provision to take effect - what now?

A federal judge has cleared the way for police in Arizona to enforce part of the state's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law that allows them to check for immigration status. But it's doesn't mean an end to legal challenges.

In the news this morning: Romney's 'Latino problem,' border rescues, immigrant integration in California, more

Mitt Romney's Latino problem - Washington Post Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney tried to appeal to Latinos yesterday during an appearance in Los Angeles before the U.S.

U.S. Muslims react to anti-Muslim film and its aftermath

As the story surrounding an inflammatory anti-Muslim film shot in Southern California developed over the last week, KPCC's Public Insight Journalism team put together some questions for the public on what has become a volatile subject.

Study: LA County does well at welcoming immigrants, not so well at integrating them

What is immigrant integration? It's measured in several ways, but altogether it refers to how immigrant-friendly a region is, and how well immigrants tend to do there as they make that region their new home.

In the news this morning: Romney to address immigration in L.A. speech, another SB 1070 challenge, deferred action and schools, more

Romney to hit Obama on immigration in key speech - USA Today In his speech before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today in Los Angeles, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to "criticize Obama's handling of the (immigration) issue and promise to work with Republicans and Democrats for a comprehensive fix.

Waiting to be approved for deferred action? Your notice could be in the mail

If you're one of the many people who applied early on for temporary legal status under deferred action last month, there's a small chance that your approval notice - provided your application was approved - is in the mail.