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.


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In the news this morning: SB 1070 in spotlight, migration from Mexico at a standstill, language test for immigrants proposed in France, more

U.S. Senate subcommittee meets today on SB 1070 - Arizona Republic As Arizona's SB 1070 heads to the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow, a Senate Judiciary hearing on the law's constitutionality today is producing some heated testimony.

SB 1070 author Kris Kobach debates the law's prognosis as it goes to the Supreme Court (Audio)

On today's AirTalk, KPCC's Larry Mantle interviewed Kris Kobach, the activist attorney and law professor turned Kansas secretary of state who wrote Arizona's trendsetting SB 1070. The controversial anti-illegal immigration law was signed into law two years ago today.

Net migration from Mexico has stopped - now what?

Source: Pew Hispanic Center

The legacy of SB 1070: Three ways it changed the immigration landscape

Two years ago today, Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill known as SB 1070. Already, the strict anti-illegal immigration bill had caused heated debate in and out of Arizona, most notably because it would make it a misdemeanor to lack proper immigration documents in the state - and because it would empower local police to check for immigration status if they had “reasonable suspicion” that someone was in the country illegally.

In the news this morning: SB 1070 turns two and heads to court, remembering the L.A. riots, George Zimmerman released on bail, more

Supreme Court immigration case weighs states' powers - Reuters Two years after it was signed into law, Arizona's SB 1070 heads to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The court will be considering whether or not Arizona overstepped its bounds with the state anti-illegal immigration measure, which the federal government has challenged.

3 ways Arizona's SB 1070 changed the immigration landscape

Two years ago today, Arizona’s Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill known as SB 1070 .In the relatively short time it has existed, the law has had a profound effect on the immigration landscape, politically and in human terms.

'Do we count? Do we matter?' 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.

Posts of the week: SB 1070 heads to Supreme Court, 20 years after the L.A. riots, Romney's 'Latino problem,' the veepstakes, more

Two milestones are occurring in the coming week, one in the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices prepare to weigh in on Arizona's SB 1070, the other in Los Angeles as the city prepares to observe the 20th anniversary of the deadly 1992 riots.

Does Rubio's no mean yes, or does he really mean no?

Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has said a couple of times in the last week that he has no intention of running for vice president with GOP presidential nominee-apparent Mitt Romney, but that hasn't stopped the speculation that he still might.

Border video raises questions about use of excessive force

Almost two years ago, a 42-year-old man named Anastasio Hernandez Rojas died in a San Diego hospital shortly after border agents in San Ysidro used a Taser stun gun to subdue him.

American snapshot: Sixth Street Bridge

Goodbye, Sixth Street Bridge.

In the news this morning: Arizona after SB 1070, new museum at Ellis Island, Rubio's alt 'Dream Act,' college ethnic studies eyed, more

Ariz. Immigration Law Limbo Sees Mixed Results - NPR Since Arizona's SB 1070 was signed into law two years ago, many undocumented immigrants have left the state. But, according to the story, "it's debatable whether SB 1070 can get all the credit, though.

A chilly reception for a long-awaited ICE 'civil detention center'

A piece in the Migration Policy Institute's Policy Beat newsletter examines the chilly reception to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's unveiling last month of a "civil detention center," a new facility for immigrant detainees designed to be less prison-like than the ones currently used.

Readers on SB 1070 as it heads to the Supreme Court

A post that one tweeter referred to as a "pre-game analysis" of Arizona v. United States in the U.S. Supreme Court next week, as the high court takes up Arizona's SB 1070, has drawn a long string of opinions from readers.

Two more takes on Latino/Hispanic: Which term to use, and does it matter anyway?

The what's-in-a-name discussion over Latino vs. Hispanic continues, and it's been taking on some interesting dimensions.