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

No SCOTUS ruling on Arizona's SB 1070, health care

The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether four provisions of Arizona's 2010 anti-illegal immigration law are in conflict with federal law, as the Obama administration asserts.

Immigrants in California's labor force: Active, entrepreneurial, and sometimes over-skilled

The California Immigrant Policy Center and the University of Southern California have released a new report indicating, as other recent data has, that California's immigrants are largely here to stay, with a majority of the state's foreign born having lived in the U.

The challenges of implementing Obama's deferred action plan

The dust has settled somewhat after President Obama announced Friday that he would not seek the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants, allowing them to apply instead for temporary legal status and work permits if they qualify.

American snapshot: Keeping the faith in Fullerton

I came across these three signs today while doing some reporting in Orange County, driving down Brookhurst Avenue in Fullerton. They sit in the parking lot of two Christian churches that sit adjacent to one another, and which together draw in congregants in three languages.

Rubio as running mate: Help for Romney, or 'Hispandering?'

Now that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney has said that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential vice-presidential running mate pick, along with others, the debate over whether or not Rubio can help steer much-needed Latino voters toward Romney has resurfaced.

Rubio as running mate: Help for Romney or ‘Hispandering?’

After much speculation, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has confirmed that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is being vetted as a potential running mate. But critics on both sides have concerns about the freshman Cuban American lawmaker as a veep pick.

Asian America: Half a dozen facts as Asians become the biggest group of new immigrants

As the historic wave of migration from Mexico of the late 20th century slowed to a standstill, a new chapter in United States immigration history was slowly unfolding.

Implications of Obama's deferred action plan on the job market, higher education

As the dust settles on Friday's announcement by President Obama that he won't pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants, attention has turned to the short- and long-term impacts of potentially hundreds of thousands of young people getting temporary legal status and work permits, some with college degrees they haven't been able to fully take advantage of.

Half a dozen facts as Asians become the biggest group of new immigrants

As migration from Latin America has receded, immigration from Asia has surpassed it, a new report outlines. A few facts about the nation's fastest-growing group of recent immigrants.

In the news this morning: Asians now make up biggest group of new immigrants, the legality of Obama's deferred action move, more

In a Shift, Biggest Wave of Migrants is Now Asian - New York Times As migration from Latin America has slowed, immigrants from Asia have now surpassed Latinos as the biggest group of new immigrants.

Implications of Obama’s deferred action plan on the job market, higher education

As some young undocumented immigrants qualify for deferred action and work permits, many will be leaving under-the-table jobs for other opportunities. It's possible that the move could also steer more of them into college.

Deferred action: What happens next?

After a landmark announcement Friday by the Obama administration that it would not pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants, federal officials are now gearing up for quite a bit of work.

On the legacy of Rodney King and the 1992 riots

Rodney King was an unlikely historical figure, thrust into the books at the age of 25 when his videotaped beating at the hands of Los Angeles police - and the officers' acquittal the following year - triggered the deadly 1992 L.

When to expect a ruling on SB 1070?

Not today, at least. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to announce its opinion on Arizona's controversial 2010 anti-illegal immigration law before the end of this month, and eyes were on the court this morning as opinions were issued.

Deferred action for undocumented youth: What happens next?

After Obama's announcement, the logistical challenge begins.