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

ICE deportation reviews by the numbers, updated

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'Why haven't you gotten deported?'

It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay that he is undocumented, brought to the United States illegally from the Philippines as a child.

Readers on DREAM Act vs. 'DREAM-light'

A recent post detailed the results of a poll suggesting that while most Latino voters prefer the original versionof the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some undocumented youths who go to college or join the military, they are divided over a slimmed-down alternative, dubbed "DREAM-light" in the report.

In the news this morning: 'Out' on the cover of TIME, U.S. customs expands abroad, state anti-illegal immigration laws, more

Behind the Cover: America's Undocumented Immigrants - TIME It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas admitted in the New York Times that he's undocumented, having arrived in the U.

Scenes from a (bicultural) marriage: 'She seems most comfortable with the kids who look like her'

Over the past week or so, I've been sharing snippets from a great conversation that I moderated late last month at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, a discussion on interracial and interethnic relationships.

American snapshot: A roquero in Lynwood

Los Angeles and its environs has a Beach Boys monument, a Michael Jackson mural, and a bust of James Dean. These might be expected here. But in Lynwood, there's a monument to a major rock star that, chances are, few non-Latino Angelenos have heard of.

The so-called Latino voter 'sleeping giant': Still asleep?

We've heard the overused "sleeping giant" reference often to refer to the Latino electorate, that which is composed of far more eligible voters - and people eligible for citizenship who can't yet vote - than the number of Latinos who actually hit the polls.

In the news this morning: Plans for a detention center rejected, evangelicals push immigration reform, Arizona's SB 1070 training video, mor

Crete backs out of immigrant detention center plan - Chicago Tribune More on how a small municipality outside Chicago has rejected plans by the private prison company Corrections Corporation of America to build an immigrant detention center there.

The so-called Latino voter ‘sleeping giant’: Still asleep?

An interactive map of unregistered Latino U.S. citizens, along with legal permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship, illustrates the untapped potential of Latino voters.

Trust Act 2.0: Will California say no to cops holding immigrants for ICE?

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A 'cautionary tale' from Japan and other global immigration policy lessons

CNN had a smart idea for an immigration-related television special: As the United States continues to grapple with what direction to take on immigration, why not take a close look at other nations' immigration policies in comparison? Hosted by CNN Global Public Square's Fareed Zakaria, "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" aired last Sunday; it airs again this coming Saturday on CNN International.

In the news this morning: Locals nix detention center near Chicago, Obama's own 'Latino problem,' Ted Nugent on immigration, more

Suburban Chicago city rejects plan for immigrant detention center - State Journal-Register Local officials in the small municipality of Crete, near Chicago, have voted down a controversial plan to build a new privately-run immigrant detention facility there.

Will California say no to cops holding immigrants for ICE?

A bill is moving forward that restricts who cops can hold on an immigration detainer at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

'The real and profound differences are between people, not between peoples'

Several posts lately have dealt with relationships between partners of different races and ethnicities, the subject of a popular public event late last month at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum.

'They have a language I don’t know but I understand': On growing up mixed-race

Just as the last three decades have brought more mixed-race and mixed-ethnicity marriages, they’ve also brought a growing number of multiracial, multiethnic Americans. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of multiracial children in the U.