Leslie Berestein Rojas Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
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
The White House announced Friday morning that it is granting deferred action to some undocumented young people who meet certain criteria, and will even give them work permits. The move could affect about 800,000 people who came to the U. S. as minors.
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It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter and Pulitzer winner Jose Antonio Vargas revealed in a New York Times essay that he is undocumented, brought to the United States illegally from the Philippines as a child.
A recent post detailed the results of a poll suggesting that while most Latino voters prefer the original versionof the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some undocumented youths who go to college or join the military, they are divided over a slimmed-down alternative, dubbed "DREAM-light" in the report.
In the news this morning: 'Out' on the cover of TIME, U.S. customs expands abroad, state anti-illegal immigration laws, more
Behind the Cover: America's Undocumented Immigrants - TIME It's been a year since ex-Washington Post reporter Jose Antonio Vargas admitted in the New York Times that he's undocumented, having arrived in the U.
Over the past week or so, I've been sharing snippets from a great conversation that I moderated late last month at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, a discussion on interracial and interethnic relationships.
Los Angeles and its environs has a Beach Boys monument, a Michael Jackson mural, and a bust of James Dean. These might be expected here. But in Lynwood, there's a monument to a major rock star that, chances are, few non-Latino Angelenos have heard of.
We've heard the overused "sleeping giant" reference often to refer to the Latino electorate, that which is composed of far more eligible voters - and people eligible for citizenship who can't yet vote - than the number of Latinos who actually hit the polls.
In the news this morning: Plans for a detention center rejected, evangelicals push immigration reform, Arizona's SB 1070 training video, mor
Crete backs out of immigrant detention center plan - Chicago Tribune More on how a small municipality outside Chicago has rejected plans by the private prison company Corrections Corporation of America to build an immigrant detention center there.
An interactive map of unregistered Latino U.S. citizens, along with legal permanent residents who are eligible for citizenship, illustrates the untapped potential of Latino voters.
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CNN had a smart idea for an immigration-related television special: As the United States continues to grapple with what direction to take on immigration, why not take a close look at other nations' immigration policies in comparison? Hosted by CNN Global Public Square's Fareed Zakaria, "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" aired last Sunday; it airs again this coming Saturday on CNN International.
In the news this morning: Locals nix detention center near Chicago, Obama's own 'Latino problem,' Ted Nugent on immigration, more
Suburban Chicago city rejects plan for immigrant detention center - State Journal-Register Local officials in the small municipality of Crete, near Chicago, have voted down a controversial plan to build a new privately-run immigrant detention facility there.
A bill is moving forward that restricts who cops can hold on an immigration detainer at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Several posts lately have dealt with relationships between partners of different races and ethnicities, the subject of a popular public event late last month at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum.