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

'Immigration makes us younger': The value of immigrants as the population ages

In case you missed it, The Atlantic had an interesting piece the other day on immigration as an antidote to an aging population in the United States, one that gives the U.S. an advantage over countries with lower rates of immigration.

In the news this morning: The riots remembered, fewer deportations for traffic stops, May Day, more unaccompanied minors at border, more

The L.A. Riots, As A Neighbor Remembers It - NPR NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates on waking up to the 1992 riots, which began April 29 of that year, at home in one of the affected neighborhoods.

Posts of the week: SB 1070 in the Supreme Court, 20 years after the L.A. riots, more

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and remembrances of this pivotal moment in L.A. history dominated headlines this week. So did Wednesday's oral arguments in the U.

Which way Arizona? The prognosis on SB 1070

What to make of this week's U.S. Supreme Court hearing on SB 1070, Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law? In a Q&A debate, two constitutional law experts provide their take on what transpired and where the justices might land.

Which way Arizona? The prognosis on SB 1070

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. United States, Arizona’s challenge to the federal government’s assertion that the state anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070 conflicts with federal law.

Perspectives on the L.A. riots, 20 years later

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations, led by journalists and other members of the staff.

In the news this morning: SB 1070 and Arizona businesses, Latinos in the 1992 L.A. riots, immigrants beat native-born on civics test, more

Arizona Businesses Brace for Pain Over Immigration Ruling - Businessweek The questions asked by U.S. Supreme Court justices in a hearing this week on Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law suggested that the core provisions of the law could be upheld, and this has left some Arizona business owners worried about labor.

Why illegal immigration is still a political issue, even as migration slows

With migration from Mexico now beating a fast retreat, why does illegal immigration continue to be the major political issue that it is? Mexico provided the United States with its largest share of immigrants in recent decades, including unauthorized ones, but this has changed dramatically in recent years as fewer Mexicans migrate north, and more return south.

'We are on the side and never talked about': Perspectives on the riots, 20 years later

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations led by journalists and other members of the staff.

Explaining why migration from Mexico has come to a net standstill

It seemed inconceivable a decade ago, but all the evidence in recent years points to a historic slowdown in migration from Mexico to the U.S., with migration effectively at net zero as fewer Mexicans make the trek north and more return south to live.

In the news this morning: Arizona after SB 1070, immigrant tuition bill fails in Colorado, Calderon on U.S. policies, Rubio's grandfather, m

Arizona immigration: SB 1070 took toll on state's reputation - Los Angeles Times An economic boycott, charges of racism and other problems have followed in the two years since Arizona's SB 1070 anti-illegal immigration law, now being weighed by the U.

Two decades after the riots, a portrait of a changed South L.A.

The New York Times' Jennifer Medina writes about the demographic changes in South Los Angeles, that area once known as South Central, and once known as predominantly black. As Angelenos well know by now, the area that was the epicenter of the 1992 Los Angeles riots has in the past two decades become increasingly Latino, with Latino residents now making up two-thirds of the population.

'It wasn't just about Rodney King': Perspectives on the riots, 20 years later

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations led by journalists and other members of the staff.

What the judges said: A transcript of today's Supreme Court hearing on SB 1070

The U.S. Supreme Court's website has posted a preliminary transcript of the oral arguments today in Arizona v. United States, Arizona's challenge to the federal government's assertion that its 2010 anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070 conflicts with federal immigration law.

Understanding the SB 1070 case: What the Supreme Court justices will decide on

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning on Arizona's controversial and precedent-setting SB 1070. A decision isn't expected until June, but how the justices decide will ultimately determine how far states can go in enforcing their own immigration laws.