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
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.
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.
A recent analysis of newspaper stories concluded that 95 percent of immigration stories sampled were written by non-Latino white journalists. Does it matter who covers what?
In the news this morning: State immigration initiatives, Californians more tolerant of undocumented, deferred action skeptics, more
Gay marriage, pot, immigration among ballot issues - ABC There are measures addressing these issues in several states, including a Montana immigration initiative calling for voters to have proof of citizenship, and a Maryland measure proposing in-state tuition for undocumented college students.
According to a new study, almost 95 percent of the immigration-related stories in a sampling of major newspapers this year were written by non-Latino white reporters.
Earlier this week, KPCC's Public Insight Network asked members what term they use to decribe immigrants who are in the United States wihout permission: Illegal, undocumented, or "other." The reactions keep coming.
In the news this morning: Illegal immigration as economic bellwether, DACA applicants on the rise, more
Improved economy draws illegal immigrants - USA Today More on the new study from U.S. and Mexican researchers suggesting there has been a slight increase in northbound migration from Mexico in the first half of this year, coinciding with a slowly recovering U.
Asked what informs their choice of terms for immigrants who are in the U.S. without permission, several people explain why they use the words they do.
Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term - CNN More on President Obama's take on immigration reform from a previously off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register.
A poll of Muslim voters found 25 percent of respondents still undecided in the presidential election, although the vast majority said they plan to vote. Sixty-eight percent said they favored President Obama, while seven percent supported GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
It's been just months since the story of migration from Mexico coming to a standstill made national headlines, but a new report suggests an uptick the first half of this year.
In the news this morning: Obama talks immigration reform, more migrants at border, voter ID laws and Latinos, more
Obama, in off-the-record interview, laid out plans to fiscal, immigration deals - NBC The White House has allowed the release of a transcript of an originally off-the-record Des Moines Register interview in which President Obama talked about unfinished busines he plans to get done in a second term if elected, including comprehensive immigration reform.
A recently released Pew Hispanic Center survey found overwhelming support for President Barack Obama among Latino voters; there are also more Latinos favoring the Democratic party today. It's part of a gradual trend.
Voting campaigns target Asian Americans - Los Angeles Times Various campaigns are aimed at getting Asian Americans to vote, including one involving a "blitz of mailers, multilingual phone banks and online tool kits for Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Thai and Vietnamese voters.
The co-authors of new book titled "Bilingual is Better" are the same two bloggers and bicultural moms behind Spanglish Baby, a go-to site for parents trying to raise bilingual kids. They share their insight and personal stories in a Q&A.