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

More Latinos in U.S. colleges than ever as enrollment keeps rising

The Pew Hispanic Center has a new report out today that documents the continued rise of Latino student enrollment, from public elementary school through college.

'I have a quick question...': Questions from deferred action applicants pour in

A post from last week with a few basics on who can apply for deferred action, a form of temporary legal status under a new policy benefiting young undocumented immigrants, has drawn more than150 comments so far.

In the news this morning: Deferred action no end to hurdles, adoptee immigration case, shifting demographics in San Fernando Valley, more

For Young Immigrants Who Get Deferrals, The Battle Is Far From Over - Reuters Young undocumented immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status under deferred action will have protection from deportation and be able to apply for work permits, but they won't have all the same rights as legal residents.

More Latinos in US colleges than ever as enrollment rises

A new report says Latinos ages 18-24 now make up a record 16.5 percent share of enrollments in U.S. colleges and universities. More are graduating with degrees.

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.

'In the shadows without hope': On being too old for deferred action

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.

'A woman walked up to my car and accused me of being a terrorist': Life as an American Sikh

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.

Mapping the 'next frontier' of English-language content for a Latino audience

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 the Telemundo network, and Fox has a successful news site, Fox News Latino, that delivers loads of content in English.

In the news this morning: Deferred action, Disney hijab lawsuit, Obama and Latino voters, more

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.

'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.