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

Readers vote for 'unauthorized' vs. 'illegal, 'undocumented'

A mini-poll in a post earlier this week asked readers what they think is the most appropriate term to use when referring to immigrants who are in the United States without permission: illegal, undocumented, or unauthorized.

In the news this morning: Detention profits, court rules on derivative visas, one reporter's views on 'illegal,' more

Children of immigrants who 'aged out' of visas can get their place back in line - Southern California Public Radio A federal appeals court has ruled that the now-adult children of immigrant parents who "aged out" of obtaining derivative visas at age 21 while their parents waited for green cards can regain their priority status.

Children of immigrants who 'aged out' of visas can get place back in line

Now-adult children of immigrant parents who "aged out" of obtaining derivative visas while their parents waited for green cards can get their place back in line, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Might the need for Arizona to work with federal agents impede SB 1070?

A last-minute legal challenge to the Arizona law has been thrown out, but the next impediment to the law working as envisioned by its architects could rest with federal agents.

More people being granted asylum in US, but fewer refugees admitted

The U.S. has been admitting fewer refugees since 2009, but the number of people being granted asylum has gone up.

In the news this morning: SB 1070 injunction appeal rejected, employers and deferred action, TRUST Act protest, more

Court rejects bid to block Arizona 'show your papers' immigration provision - Reuters The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion by civil rights and other groups for an injunction to block the controversial Section 2(B) of Arizona's SB 1070.

A deferred action hopeful navigates one last, scary step

What is it like to submit fingerprints to the government after spending one's life in the shadows? Tens of thousands of young immigrants are finding out.

Survey asks unauthorized immigrants whether they prefer 'illegal' or 'undocumented'

As the debate over the terms "undocumented" and "illegal" has resurfaced in the media in recent days, ABC and Univision have put together a survey that makes logical sense: Why not ask the people referred to as "illegal" and "undocumented" themselves about how they'd prefer to be described?

In the news this morning: Alabama law draws different immigrants, protected status for Haitians extended, deferred action, more

Alabama's immigration miss - Wall Street Journal Last year when Alabama lawmakers pushed a strict anti-illegal immigraiton bill, it was sold as a way to create jobs for native-born state residents.

Poll: Should 'illegal' be retired? Is 'undocumented' a euphemism?

The debate over "undocumented" vs. "illegal" to refer to immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission has resurfaced in recent days. What do you think?

Will voter ID laws keep Latinos from the polls in November?

To what degree might a growing number of voter ID laws and policies affect Latino voters come November? According to a new report from the Advancement Project, a racial justice and civil rights organization, those affected could reach into the millions.

In the news this morning: Arizona immigrants brace for SB 1070 in action, voter ID laws and Latinos, more

Three views on how the US should combat illegal immigration - Christian Science Monitor Three opinions are featured, including from advocates on the immigrant rights and pro-restriction sides, and also from the former governor of Colorado.

Where do Latinos earn most - and least? More details from a new report

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a demographic and socioeconomic snapshot of Latinos in cities throughout the U.S., including where they live and what they earn.

Nearly three-fourths of US Latinos are citizens, and other handy facts

A new Pew Hispanic Center report presents a snapshot of the Latino population throughout the U.S., from where they live to what they speak to how many are citizens

More of what to expect as SB 1070's 'papers please' provision takes effect

As SB 1070's hotly contested Section 2(B) takes effect in Arizona, one thing legal experts can agree on is that more legal challenges are to come.