Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
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.
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.
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.
Photo by Jason Nahrung/Flickr (Creative Commons)
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three weeks left in the U.S. Supreme Court's current term, and it's during this time that the high court is to issue its ruling on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law.
In the news this morning: SB 1070 ruling expected soon, two undocumented law grads seek to practice, Obama and Latino voters, more
Supreme Court to rule soon on health care, immigration; what happens next? - CBS News A decision is expected before the end of the month by the U.S. Supreme Court on SB 1070, Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.
The high court is set to issue its ruling on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law this month. What's at stake, and what outcome is anticipated?
Posts of the week: Hockey madness with Russian roots, bicultural marriages, Startup Act 2.0, detention reforms under attack, more
This week has brought the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the California Primary election and an interesting measure in Compton tied to changing demographics, and deliberations in Congress over what Homeland Security should be spending, including on immigrant detainees.
It's been less than three years since the Obama administration, at the time besieged with lawsuits over conditions in immigrant detention facilities, announced it would reform U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention system.