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

An ode to 'the 626'

In a piece that does a nice job of capturing the cultural evolution of the San Gabriel Valley - not to mention its eateries and and boba joints - the Los Angeles Times' Rosanna Xia interviews The Fung Brothers comedy duo of "the 626" celebrated in their hip-hop YouTube ode to the SGV.

In the news this morning: Deported parents, a 'summer school' for newcomers, how deferred action could help non-students, more

Parents deported, what happens to US-born kids? - Associated Press Exploring what happens to families with children in the aftermath of parents' deportation. Nearly 45,000 immigrant parents with kids in the U.

Post-Supreme Court, the state of state immigration enforcement laws

While the same judge who blocked key provisions of SB 1070 in Arizona weights if and when its most controversial section will be enforced, the trickle-down from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 in June has been taking effect in other states.

California's 'anti-Arizona' immigration bill on way to governor's desk

A California bill that would limit the extent to which local and state cops cooperate with federal immigration officials is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after clearing a final Assembly vote.

In the news this morning: Michelle Obama visits Sikh survivors, Romney needs more Latino votes, ICE agents sue over deferred action, more

First lady meets with victims, families of Sikh temple shooting - CNN Michelle Obama traveled to Wisconsin yesterday to meet with survivors and family members of those who died earlier this month in a shooting attack on a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.

California's ‘anti-Arizona’ bill on way to governor’s desk

A bill that would limit cooperation between state and local cops and federal immigration officials has cleared a final Assembly vote and now heads to Gov. Brown.

Anti-deferred action lawsuit brought by ICE agents and activists

A lawsuit filed today against top Homeland Security officials by immigration agents opposed to deferred action, which promises to grant temporary legal status to some young undocumented immigrants, has the support of high-profile immigration restriction advocates.

Attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants have eased - sort of

Attitudes toward the children of undocumented immigrants receiving free public education have changed quite a bit since the days following California's epic Proposition 187 battle in 1994, when Californians voted to bar undocumented immigrants from public services, including public schools.

In the news this morning: Driver's license debate over deferred action, GOP embraces 'self-deportation,' kids and health disparities, more

Driver's license rules fuel new immigration debate - CNN Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer was the first to state that Arizona would not grant driver's licenses to young people who qualify for legal status under deferred action; now officials in other states are following her lead.

Attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants have eased – sort of

A new poll suggests that Americans' attitudes toward children of undocumented immigrants receiving free public education have softened since 1995. But a majority still oppose it.

Out sick, back soon

I'm out sick at the moment, but hopefully not for long.

Latinos and college: From 'get a college education' to 'get a college degree'

A post yesterday with details from a report that shows record Latino enrollment on U.S. college and university campuses drew some thoughtful comments from readers.

SB 1070 watch: Might the law's 'reasonable suspicion' section remain blocked?

The judge who initially blocked key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law in 2010 is weighing part of the law once more, this time deciding if and when a provision that allows local cops to check for immigration status goes into effect.

Survey says: Latinos get saddled with worst immigrant stereotypes

From a relatively obscure study in Ohio comes this: While Americans don't necessarily tie what they believe to be the traits of Asian, Middle Eastern or European immigrants to their views about the effects immigration, their perception of Latinos, or rather negative Latino stereotypes, colors their views about immigration a great deal.

In the news this morning: Attacks against U.S. Muslims, legislative support for undocumented law school grad, SB 1070 back to court, more

Spate of attacks near Ramadan trouble U.S. Muslims - CNN The suspicious burning of a mosque in Joplin, Missouri, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan might be one of a series of incidents targeting Muslims lately, including vandalism at a Muslim cemetery in Illinois.