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

A slowdown in state immigration bills introduced, enacted

The recent crush of state laws related to immigration continues to slow, and just as Arizona's SB 1070 helped fuel it, the legal trajectory of the trendsetting 2010 anti-illegal immigration law has helped slow it down.

Timeline lists several attacks against Sikhs since 9/11

In response to the tragic mass shooting yesterday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by a man believed to be a white supremacist, BuzzFeed has compiled a timeline of anti-Sikh violence in the United States since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In the news this morning: Temple shooter named as white supremacist, fewer state immigration laws, Lin on being Asian in the NBA, more

Sikh temple shooter identified as Wade Michael Page, white supremacist - Christian Science Monitor The shooter who left seven people dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, before he was killed by police, has been identified as an Army veteran and former leader of a white-power band.

A slowdown in state immigration laws introduced, enacted

There has been a 40 percent drop in state immigration-related bills introduced between Jan. 1 and June 30 of this year in comparison with a year earlier, a new report says.

Timeline lists several attacks against Sikhs since 9/11

Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Sikhs have faced violence along with Muslims, who they are sometimes mistaken for.

Posts of the week: New deferred action guidelines, English-only debate returns, the immigrant diaspora summer camp, more

This week we saw more details on the Obama administration's plan to grant temporary legal status to young undocumented immigrants, along with a revived political debate over whether English should be the official language of the nation.

DHS announces more details on deferred action process

Homeland Security officials provided more details today on how young undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for deferred action, temporary legal status under a new Obama administration policy that's been shortened to an acronym, DACA, for "deferred action for childhood arrivals.

Credit for trying? Rep. Conyers' statement in Spanish at English-only hearing (Video)

His Spanish is about as broken as it can be, but Rep. John Conyers' (D-Michigan) decision to deliver his statement in Spanish at a House hearing on an English-only bill demonstrated that he's at least not ashamed to try, even if just to make his point.

In the news this morning: Feds say undocumented law grad can't practice, detained immigrants, Muslim Olympians, more

U.S. Justice Department opposes undocumented immigrant's right to get California law license - San Jose Mercury News The Obama administration has filed a brief with the California Supreme Court stating that granting a state law license to Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, would violate federal law.

DHS announces more details on deferred action process

Immigration officials have released guidelines for young undocumented immigrants applying for temporary legal status under a new policy. They can apply starting Aug. 15.

The immigrant diaspora summer camp, in photos

Earlier this week, contributor Lory Tatoulian wrote about a very special kind of cultural immersion summer camp.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

It's the start of August, time once more to post the latest wait times for legal entry via the U.S. State Department’s monthly Visa Bulletin. The bulletin lists wait times for hopeful immigrants in several family-sponsored visa categories.

In the news this morning: Some hesitate on deferred action, activist 'self-deports' to witness detention, Latino leaders emerge in Anaheim

Politics: Some Undocumented Immigrants Hesitate on Deferred Action Out of Fear - Hyphen Magazine As many young undocumented immigrants prepare to apply for temporary legal status under a new Obama administration policy, some are skeptical and are hesitant about revealing their status to the government.

Profits keep rising for private immigrant detention contractors

Profits continue to go up for the private prison companies that contract with the federal government to house immigrant detainees, and the Associated Press has a good report today exploring the most recent profits and lobbying efforts of private jail companies.

Latinos less likely to borrow for college, more likely to live at home

This won't come as a surprise to those who have lived it, but a new Sallie Mae report on how college students pay for higher education charts the spending and saving habits of Latino students, including how fewer of them take out loans, and more of them live at home to save money.