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

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.

In the news this morning: No ruling on SB 1070, the death of Rodney King, the role of advocates in Obama's deferred action plan, more

U.S. Supreme Court doesn't rule on SB 1070 - KPHO Phoenix The U.S. Supreme Court didn't issue a ruling this morning on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, as some expected.

Perspectives on the legacy of Rodney King and the 1992 riots

Recollections from Angelenos on the legacy of the deadly 1992 Los Angeles riots, triggered when four LAPD officers accused of beating Rodney King were acquitted. For King, who died yesterday, life would never be the same. Neither would the city.

When to expect a ruling on SB 1070?

The U.S. Supreme Court didn't issue its anticipated ruling this morning on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, but it's coming this month.

Posts of the week: Obama grants deferred action to young undocumented immigrants, Supreme Court prepares to rule on SB 1070, more

As far as immigration and related issues go, this has been quite a week. The Obama administration has stated it won't be deporting some undocumented young people who arrived in the United States before age 16, for starters, making for the boldest immigration-related move out of Washington in recent history.

What do you think of Obama's 'deferred action' immigration plan?

Or as one NPR headline put it, "Is Deportation Freeze a 'Big Relief' or 'Cynical Ploy'? Those are just some of the ways in which different people have been describing the Obama administration's announcement yesterday that it would not pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors.

A 'no brainer' or 'a shame'? Reactions to Obama's immigration move

As might be expected, President Obama's announcement that many qualifying young undocumented immigrants may be spared from deportation has inspired readers and listeners at KPCC to put in their two cents.

Obama: 'This is not amnesty...this is not a path to citizenship'

The Obama administration has announced that it will grant deferred action to certain young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as minors, but the long-term fate of those who qualify is still uncertain, even if it's less precarious than it has been so far.

What Obama's move to not deport young immigrants does

The White House's plan not to pursue deportation for some young undocumented immigrants isn't quite "amnesty," nor does it provide anyone with a green card.

Obama to grant 'deferred action,' work permits to some young undocumented immigrants

The Obama administration announced this morning that it is granting deferred action to undocumented young people who meet certain criteria, and will even give them work permits. Is it a big deal? Definitely.