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
As unauthorized migration has dropped, the share of immigrants coming from Mexico with visas, including business-related visas, has gone up.
In the news this morning: Secure Communities spreads, AL farmers prepare for immigrant labor shortage, 'zero tolerance' border policies, mor
Fingerprints Program Stirs Wide Dissent - Wall Street Journal Federal immigration officials are continuing to roll out the controversial Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program; New York State is next, in spite of protest from state and local officials.
A contest that's part of the Lea LA Spanish-language book festival taking place this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center has yielded some beautifully candid and eloquent letters from Latina mothers to their children (and from grandmothers to their grandchildren) about the importance of keeping language and culture alive across generations.
It's been interesting watching the role of immigration in European national elections this year, especially in France, where incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has moved increasingly to the right on immigration as he competes with a candidate from the far-right National Front.
What exactly is alleged in the federal Department of Justice's lawsuit against "America's toughest sheriff" Joe Arpaio? If it's any hint, there is a chihuahua involved, not in a cute way.
As part of a contest for the Lea LA Spanish-language book festival taking place this weekend, a mother writes to her infant daughter about why it's important for her to pass along her language and her culture.
In the news this morning: Latinos and same-sex marriage, feds sue Arpaio over civil rights, a challenge to the no-fly list, more
Will Obama's support of same-sex marriage cost him Latino votes? - Southern California Public Radio While many Latino voters tend to run socially conservative, several recent polls don't show them having any stronger opposition to same-sex marriage than the general public.
Following a report from CNN earlier this week on how immigrants driven into business by the recession are now helping push the recovery, Forbes has a piece today highlighting the story of one man who exemplifies that sort of drive.
That's become one of the burning questions since yesterday's announcement by President Obama that he believes same-sex couples should have the right to marry, made a day after North Carolina legislators voted to outlaw same-sex marriage in their state.
In the news this morning: No repeal of Alabama immigration law, Latinos and Obama's support of same sex marriage, BLM rangers on border
Ala. Senate rejects move to repeal immigration law - CBS News The Alabama state senate voted yesterday to reject a repeal of the state's controversial new anti-illegal immigration law, called the strictest in the nation.
In the day since it was uttered, news reports have alternately called a Republican National Committee staffer's remark to reporters yesterday about Mitt Romney "still deciding what his position on immigration is,” a flub, a gaffe, a snag, and a disaster.
The same conservative watchdog group that sued the Los Angeles Police Department over its Special Order 40, which prohibits officer from inquiring about immigration status, has now sued the department over a revised vehicle impound policy that gives officers greater discretion in determining whether to impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers.
The review of some 300,000 deportation cases in the nation's backlogged immigration courts recently led to some confusing headlines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that about 16,500 pending cases would be temporarily put on hold, which some translated into these cases being "shelved.
In the news this morning: A new border strategy, RNC flap over Romney's immigration stance, media for English-speaking Latinos, more
RNC Hits Snag on Romney's Immigration Stance - Wall Street Journal The Republican National Committee’s Latino outreach efforts took a beating yesterday following RNC director Bettina Inclán's remark that presidential candidate Mitt Romney is "still deciding what his position on immigration is.
One of the best books I've read about the U.S.-Mexico border is Luis Alberto Urrea's "The Devil's Highway," which tells the story of a group of 26 Mexican migrants who became lost in the Arizona desert in May 2001, after being abandoned by their guide.