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: SB 1070 in the Supreme Court, ICE agrees to suspend thousands of deportation cases, more

Supreme Court to hear arguments over Ariz. immigration law – USA Today Oral arguments begin this morning in the U.S. Supreme Court on Arizona's challenge to the federal government's assertion that its stringent 2010 anti-illegal immigration law is preempted by federal law.

'My family was victimized': 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.

California in the future: Older, less crowded, more second-generation

A new California population projection provides a glimpse into what California will look like in the future, a state that will be less crowded than once predicted, whose population will be older, and whose younger faces will be increasingly second-generation.

Witness testimony from today's Senate hearing on SB 1070

A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this morning on the constitutionality of Arizona's SB 1070 and state immigration laws in general brought some heated testimony, with witnesses that included former Arizona state Sen.

California's future: Older, less crowded and more 2nd generation

A new population projection provides a glimpse into what California will look like in the future, a state that will be less crowded than once predicted, whose population will be older, and whose younger faces will increasingly be those of the U.S.-born children of immigrants.

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.