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

American snapshot: Veterans Day

This isn't the first itme I've posted this photo, but I like it. The banner with this Marine's name was hanging along with many others featuring names of local service members - most of them also with Latino surnames - along the main streets a couple of years ago in Bell Gardens, a city in southeast Los Angeles County.

In the news this morning: The possibility of immigration reform, Latinos and the GOP's future, immigrants and 'American culture,' more

Immigration reform could be on new Congress' agenda - Boston Globe Since President Obama's reelection last week, aided by the support of Latino voters, "several Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have said the GOP needs to reckon with immigration reform and pass a comprehensive bill.

Which Californians stayed home most on Election Day?

While overall voting numbers were down this year, voters of color – especially young ones – were a larger percentage of the electorate in California.

How black, Latino and Asian American voters delivered Obama's victory

Gauging whether the influence of nonwhite voters reached a tipping point this presidential election

Latino voters play big role again for Obama

Latinos vote in large numbers for Obama again. Despite Republican predictions, Latinos' share of the overall vote is steadily rising.

'I will tweet from the Brown House': What will become of 'Mexican Mitt?'

If Mitt Romney doesn't win the White House, will his Twitter parody alter-ego "Mexican Mitt" vamoose?

An Election Day news roundup: The voters of color edition

A sampling of the many Election Day stories about the ways voters of color figure into this year's presidential election.

Five new Asian languages make their debut at the polls

Asian American voters who speak Hindi, Thai, Khmer, Gujarati and Bengali will for the first time have access to voter materials and bilingual assistance this election day in L.A. County.

In the news this morning: Immigrants and criminal convictions, reaching out to new voters, a Russian immigration protest, more

Immigration consequences of criminal convictions - Fronteras Desk Since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Padilla v. Kentucky two years ago, attorneys have had to be especially careful as to how they counsel foreign-born clients.

Sandy tragedy in Staten Island: Would you have let Glenda Moore in?

One episode in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy raises questions about who we're willing to help in a crisis.

In the news this morning: Calif. border crossing starts major expansion, immigrant challenges Georgia license law, Sergio Romo's shirt, more

Busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing gets makeover - Associated Press Tens of thousands of vehicles per day are being rerouted as of yesterday at the San Ysidro border crossing, the busiest on the U.

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos?

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

Do exit polls misrepresent Latino voters?

Do political exit polls misrepresent Latinos and other voters of color?

In the news this morning: Immigration courts still behind on caseload, Sergio Romo's 'illegal' t-shirt, more

Immigration judges behind on caseload - Associated Press The Justice Department's Inspector General reports that the federal government is not keeping up with the caseload in the nation's immigration courts, even with more judges.

Tales from the Mexican American middle class

Latino. Middle class. The two terms don’t frequently come up side by side in many of the more popular depictions of Latinos in the U.S. But this large and often overlooked group is now the subject of a new book.