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
Last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department promised to keep putting out the message to parents of students in South Los Angeles' Miramonte Elementary School that they would not be questioned about their immigration status if they came forward with information about possible crimes against their children.
In the news this morning: DHS budget proposes 287(g) cutback, California's affirmative action appeal, Alabama immigration law's costs, more
DHS budget proposes discontinuing 287(g) in some jurisdictions - Southern California Public Radio The Obama administration's Homeland Security budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 recommends slashing $17 million from the voluntary federal-local immigration enforcement partnership known as 287(g), but favors the mandatory Secure Communities.
Ever wonder who the people are who camp out with their displays on the curb, selling flowers and stuffed animals late into the evening every Valentine’s Day?
A fiscal year 2013 budget brief released by Homeland Security today has some details on the Obama administration's immigration enforcement priorities, and one of the losers is the federal-local partnership known as 287(g).
A candid and often moving discussion that began on this site recently, in response to a fictional father-son conversation in a film, has taken on a life of its own.
As violence between Syrian government forces and anti-government rebels spreads, it's having emotional repercussions in Southern California, where Syrian immigrant families have been trying their best to follow the events remotely.
The administration is proposing a budget reduction of $17 million to 287(g) and suggests a gradual phase-out in favor of Secure Communities.
Several recent stories have addressed how as the U.S. economy begins a slow rebound, a large share of the job growth is going to Latinos. The picture isn't all rosy, as some of this has to do with many of the jobs being filled being lower-paying ones, which immigrants are more likely to take.
In the news this morning: Affirmative action goes back to court, state immigration updates in Arizona and Alabama, from China to Iowa, more
Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban - San Jose Mercury News The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is getting ready to hear the latest challenge to Proposition 209, which banned affirmative action programs in California after voters approved it in 1996.
Posts of the week: 'Upscale Latinos,' the rights of undocumented crime victims, why English-language content is the big thing now, more
It's been a busy week here in Multi-Americanlandia. An evolving crime story in South Los Angeles involving families and children has led to a discussion of undocumented crime victims' rights (which they do have), large media outlets have continue to woo Latinos in English (because yes, they speak it, and they have money), and politicos and candidates around the world, not only in the U.
There are African Americans, as in the term long used by many to refer to black Americans, and there are African Americans, as in immigrants from Africa and their families. One blanket label, two groups with very different histories and identities.
Photo by jgoge/Flickr (Creative Commons)
In the news this morning: No repeal for Alabama law, the 'Gulf of America,' why some Miramonte parents won't speak up, more
Changes coming to immigration law, no repeal - Montgomery Advertiser Lawmakers in Alabama are working on some revisions to the state's controversial new anti-illegal immigration law, but say that no section of the law is to be repealed.
A recent post explored the immigration-related rhetoric in the Republican presidential primaries and why it is that even as illegal immigration arrests have dipped to historic lows on the U.
For those who are children of immigrants, what sort of conversations took place in your home growing up when your parents talked about why they came to the United States? Did they ever talk about the sacrifices they made, the opportunities they hoped you'd have?